Putin’s aide ruled out the possibility of meeting with Zelensky “in vain”

The meeting of the presidents requires very, very careful preparation, Yury Ushakov said. Zelensky believes that it is possible to talk about the cessation of hostilities only with Putin, Moscow insists on the resumption of negotiations between delegations /07/756552263372070.jpg” alt=”Putin's assistant ruled out the possibility of meeting with Zelensky “in vain”” />

Vladimir Zelensky and Vladimir Putin (left to right) during a meeting in 2019

Russia does not reject the possibility of direct talks between President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian leader Vladimir Zelensky, but preparations should be made for such a meeting, Putin's aide told reporters Yuri Ushakov.

“No one rejects such an opportunity, but it requires appropriate conditions, and most importantly— very, very, very careful preparation. Without this, in vain, no one will meet with Zelensky, — he said (TASS quote).

The Ukrainian president has repeatedly spoken about his readiness for negotiations with Putin. According to Zelensky, the President of Russia— the only Russian politician with whom he allows the possibility of a meeting, and only one issue can be discussed at it: the cessation of hostilities in Ukraine.

On June 14, at a press conference, Zelensky said that he had no great desire to meet with the Russian president, but “today, only President Putin decides whether the Russian army will stop or not.” According to the President of Ukraine, if Russia wants to end the hostilities, its authorities should sit down at the negotiating table with representatives of Kyiv. “These negotiations must be direct. We can talk with intermediaries, we can talk without intermediaries. If the Russian Federation is ready to end the war, withdraw from our territories, I am personally ready for such a format, — he said. However, it is necessary to prepare for the negotiations, the Kremlin insists: it is necessary that the delegations of the two countries, as a result of joint work, formulate “not a set of ideas, but a specific written document.”

The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry Sergey Lavrov also called on the head of the Ukrainian delegation to resume negotiations, which stalled in April.

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