If President Volodymyr Zelensky was to personally meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, he would have conducted a dialogue from an offensive position. This assumption was made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba on air of the program "Freedom of Speech" on ICTV, UNN reports.
“If it contributes to peace in Ukraine and ends the killing of our soldiers and civilians, it makes perfect sense. The president clearly knows our red lines, and he would have led such a conversation from an offensive position and created a lot of discomfort for the president Putin in a tete-a-tete conversation,” the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry states.
In addition, Minister for Reintegration Oleksiy Reznikov believes that such a meeting is possible, but with the knowledge of Ukraine's Western partners.
“I agree that our partners must be notified in advance, stipulated general provisions. I have no doubt that there can be no surrender or betrayal,” said the official.
At the same time, head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak noted that Russian leader Vladimir Putin needs political will to meet with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, RBC-Ukraine reports. According to him, Russian officials have found various excuses not to hold meetings between the two leaders: the agenda does not suit them, or there is no desire to discuss certain issues.
“If there is a desire to end the war and respect international law, then we need to sit down and talk,” Yermak said.
According to him, if the Kremlin wanted to hold a Russian-Ukrainian summit, the date and place of this meeting would have been known long time ago.
As it was reported earlier, a meeting between Presidents Volodymyr Zelensky and Vladimir Putin is currently "impossible because of Kyiv's position" regarding the Minsk agreements.
On September 13, it was reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin refuses to discuss Crimea and Donbas with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky. The Kremlin stated that Russia is not a party to the conflict.