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Putin announces conditions for dialogue with Zelensky

The Ukrainian president should stop to call the representatives of the Russian occupation authorities in Donbas as separatists
14:43, 4 July 2019

Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia
EU Today

President of Russia Vladimir Putin thinks that the dialogue with the Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky is possible as he establishes the direct contacts with the representatives of the Russian occupation authorities in Donbas. Moreover, Zelensky should stop to call them separatists as Corriere della Sera reported.

“(The construction dialogue with Kyiv) possible, of Zelensky will start to fulfill the promises of his election campaign, including the establishment of direct contacts with his fellow countrymen in Donbas, stopping to call them separatists,” Putin stated.

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He also accused the Ukrainian authorities of the ignoring Minsk Agreements.

Earlier Kremlin named the conditions for the meeting of Putin and Zelensky. Russian President’s Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov stated that Putin does not reject any contacts a priori. However, Russian president should understand the policy and strategic line of the interlocutor. Particularly, the issue is about direct contact with the representatives of the self-proclaimed republics.

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Earlier, Head of the Office of President Andriy Bohdan said Ukraine would be using international mediators for talks with Russia.

 

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