Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to discuss bilateral relations with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky. This was stated by the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov, reports Interfax.
"You know that Zelensky wants to talk with Putin as a party to the conflict. The issue of settlement is not a question to Putin. Putin says: if you want to communicate, let's talk about bilateral relations," he said.
Earlier, the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak said that Zelensky is ready to hold personal negotiations with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and even made such an attempt once this year.
At the beginning of the month, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that he was not afraid of a direct conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin and was ready for it. He believed that a personal meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin can be fruitful.
At the same time, it was previously reported that Vladimir Putin refuses to discuss Crimea and Donbas issues with his Ukrainian counterpart. The Kremlin said that the Russian Federation is allegedly not a party to the conflict.