There are 12 potential solutions in the list, and almost all of them relate to bilateral relations.
“An informed source for Kommersant in Russian state structures said that Moscow had communicated to the Ukrainian side a few months ago its vision of a possible meeting between Mr. Putin and Mr. Zelensky. There are a total of 12 potential solutions, almost all of which relate to bilateral relations,” the statement reads.
The Kremlin believes that the meeting could agree on the resumption of full-fledged diplomatic relations and agree on the return of ambassadors to Moscow and Kyiv, lift mutual trade and economic restrictions and lift sanctions against individuals and legal entities.
In addition, Russia assumes that the two leaders could decide to resume transport links between the two countries, as well as agree to prepare by December 1, 2022, an agreement on transit and gas supplies for the period after 2024.
“Crimea is not mentioned at all in Russian issues, and the issue of conflict resolution in Donbas is mentioned only once. In the form of a remark that Russia's representatives in the Tripartite Contact Group and in the Norman format will support any peace agreements between Kyiv and the authorities of the co-called Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics,” the publication reports.
According to the Kremlin, Ukraine has not yet responded to the proposed agenda. The Ukrainian side assures that the preparations for the meeting are not progressing because of Moscow.
“The exchange of views with the Russian side on the proposal of the Ukrainian side to hold bilateral talks continues, including publicly, which can be observed by every citizen of Ukraine and every citizen of Russia not only in recent weeks but also months. Unfortunately, we have to state that Russian side makes unconstructive attempts to find various reasons to postpone such bilateral talks. We believe that such attempts are not in the interests of the peoples of both Ukraine and Russia,” adviser to the Office of the President of Ukraine Mykhailo Podoliak told Kommersant.
According to him, “there are too many different hints and vague remarks from Moscow about what they would like to discuss, and at the same time there is no clear willingness to discuss what really matters in the understanding of both Ukrainian and Russian societies.”
“We assume that the issue of peace should be the same priority for the Russian side as for the Ukrainian side. Therefore, the Russian side should make concrete and clear substantive proposals that can correct, for example, the fact that the Russian side does not comply with a number of decisions of the Paris summit in the Norman format,” said Podoliak.
The publication also noted that at present there is no clarity about the summit in the Norman format (Germany, Russia, Ukraine, France).
“Moscow's position was initially that the new summit should not be held until the agreement of the previous - Paris - meeting in 2019 has been fulfilled. But at Germany's insistence, work has already begun on the final document of a possible Berlin summit. And now Russian negotiators press that it should include a statement that the decision of the Paris summit has not been implemented, as well as specific obligations to resolve the conflict in accordance with the Minsk agreements,” the statement said.
As it was reported earlier, in July, the press secretary of the president of Russia Dmitry Peskov declared lack of progress in preparation of a meeting of the head of state Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian colleague Volodymyr Zelensky.
In early August, Putin's spokesman's response to a question about preparations for a meeting of the two heads of state was about the same. But then, in a conversation with journalists, 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 for the meeting” of the leaders.
On September 13, it was reported that Vladimir Putin refused to discuss Crimea and Donbas with his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky. The Kremlin has stated that Russia is not a party to the conflict.