Russia claims that President Volodymyr Zelensky's idea to patrol the Ukraine-Russia border may not be considered without reckoning with the point of view of DNR and LNR, the so-called people's republics of Donbas. RIA Novosti reported that on February 17.
Peskov insists that the Ukrainian side is "still not showing any readiness to start the dialogue with DNR and LNR".
"It's a new initiative. In order to consider this initiative, one has to take into account the opinion of leaders of the non-recognized republics, understand their positions, that is, one has to communicate [with them]", he said.
Previously, the President of Ukraine said Kyiv would accept a joint control over the border with representatives of the self-styled republics, which is a condition to hold the local elections in occupied Donbas. Zelensky also claimed that he was ready for negotiations with the population residing in the occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, but not the "authorities" of the non-recognized republics.