Preparations for a meeting between President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian leader Vladimir Putin are proceeding "at the highest level." This was announced by the First Vice Prime Minister - Minister of Economy of Ukraine Oleksiy Lyubchenko in a commentary to RIA-Novosti.
A journalist from a Russian agency asked Lyubchenko in which country the meeting could be held, but when asked about the possibility of holding it in Moscow, the Deputy Prime Minister made a negative gesture with his head. To the next clarification about the place of the meeting, the Deputy Prime Minister named Crimea.
At the same time, Lyubchenko noted that Russia is not the subject of talks between Ukrainian and US officials during President Zelensky's visit to Washington.
Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reacted sharply to the words of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that "Russian gas is the dirtiest in the world." Lavrov condemned Zelensky's statement.
“Now Ukrainian colleagues are practicing some kind of verbal balancing act: they think that Russia is their original name. They say that the baptism of Rus is just a Ukrainian holiday, and so on. It is sad. President Zelensky himself makes some statements that our gas is the dirtiest in the world. In general, this is not of great intelligence, to be honest,” Lavrov said.