President of Russia Vladimir Putin replied to President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky's offer about the meeting in Donbas. The politician said he was ready to meet in the Russian capital. Putin said so during his briefing after the meeting with Belarusian counterpart Aleksandr Lukashenko.
"If he wants to discuss issues related to Donbas, he should meet with leaders of DNR and LNR first (DNR,LNR - abbreviations for self-proclaimed "people's republics" in eastern Ukraine, - 112 International), and then with teh Russian leader. But if he wants to discuss bilateral relations, he's welcome in Moscow at any convenient time", Putin said.
He added that Ukraine made a lot of steps that destroyed the relations of the two countries. However, the Russian president also said he would welcome restoration of these relations.
"Lately, the incumbent Ukrainian government has done a lot of steps that proved destructive to Russian-Ukrainian relations. It concerns a number of problems ins bilateral relations; it concerns the attitude to Russian Orthodox Church and its destruction; it concerns the attitude to Russian language and Russian-speaking citizens of Ukraine... that's a lot of steps", Putin said.