Russian President Vladimir Putin has confirmed his readiness to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, but first, there must be an understanding of what issues are to be discussed, as TASS reports.
“Zelensky has put Ukraine under external administration,” Putin said while answering questions during live television phone-in on Wednesday. “The key questions of Ukraine's day-to-day life are decided not in Kyiv, but in Washington. And to a certain extent in Berlin and Paris. What is to be discussed then?”
“Nevertheless, I do not refuse to have such meetings. We just need to understand first what to discuss,” Putin concluded.
In this regard, Putin recalled the crackdown on the opposition in Ukraine.
“Take Viktor Medvedchuk. I believe that he is a Ukrainian nationalist. He has been locked down at home ahead of the election campaign,” Putin said. “He has to keep a bracelet on. Absolutely unlawful and unconstitutional decisions are being made.”