Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to meet with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky, but he is not going to discuss the issue of annexed Crimea. This was announced by the press secretary of the Russian leader Dmitry Peskov on the air of the Russia-1 TV channel.
"If we talk about Putin's political will, then he clearly confirmed that he is ready to meet. But so far we do not see the same mutual political will from Kyiv," Peskov said.
He noted that there is no preparation for negotiations between the presidents of Ukraine and the Russian Federation, because Zelensky wants to discuss the issue of Crimea.
“The fact is that for us the topic of Crimea does not exist. And as they tell us in the Office of the President of Ukraine, Zelensky wants to discuss Crimea. Well, Crimea from what point of view? Obviously not from the point of view that it is a region of Russia. So this cannot be an item on the agenda. Therefore, so far, no progress has been made in this regard, "he added.
Earlier, First Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Economy of Ukraine Oleksiy Lyubchenko said that preparations for a meeting between Zelensky and Putin are going "at the highest level."
As you know, in July, the press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, said that there was no progress in preparing a meeting between the head of state Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Zelensky.
In early August, the response of Putin's press secretary to a question about the preparation of a meeting of the heads of the two states was approximately the same. But then, in an interview with reporters, the Kremlin speaker added that Zelensky's words about the difference between the peoples of the two countries "do not fit into the process of preparing a meeting" of the leaders.