Russia has not responded to Ukraine's requests for talks on escalation in Donbas for over two weeks

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukraine hopes this does not mean Kremlin refuses to engage in dialogue
14:38, 13 April 2021

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky
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Ukraine has requested talks between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the escalation of the conflict in Donbas. But Russia has not responded to that for more than two weeks. This was stated by Zelensky's spokeswoman Yulia Mendel, Hromadske writes.

"After March 26, when four Ukrainian servicemen were killed at the front, the Office of President Volodymyr Zelensky made a request to the Office of Russian President Vladimir Putin to hold talks with him. We were hoping for a telephone conversation, but we have not yet received a response. We hope that it is not a sign that Moscow is abandoning the dialogue," Mendel said. 

As previously reported, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said he had not seen such a request for talks "in recent days" and did not know that it came recently.

Related: Russia urges U.S. to stay away from Crimea

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksiy Danilov expressed opinion that it only depened only on Russian President Vladimir Putin whether there will be an escalation in Donbas.

On April 8, the Head of the Administration of the President of Russia Dmitry Kozak accused Ukraine of imitating the military threat in Donbas.

Related: OSCE spots almost 600 ceasefire violations in Donbas on weekend

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