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Putin is still ready to meet with Zelensky, there are no concrete steps yet, - Peskov

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to Peskov, Putin's opinion on the meeting with the Ukrainian president has not changed after the Geneva summit
19:03, 17 June 2021

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is still ready to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, but no concrete steps have been taken to prepare for such an event. The spokesperson of the Russian president stated this, as TASS reports.

Related: Putin reveals possible topics for dialogue with Zelensky

Asked by reporters whether Putin wanted to meet with Zelensky following the Geneva summit, Peskov said the following:

"Earlier, President Putin stated his readiness to meet with President Zelensky. He spoke about it himself, publicly. I am sure that nothing has changed in this regard ... But so far, as we know, no concrete steps have been taken to organize this meeting."

Related: Zelensky fears absence of clear decisions on Ukraine during Biden-Putin meeting

Peskov also noted that the possible creation of a mechanism on the example of the dialogue on Ukraine, which was conducted several years ago by Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov and Special Representative of the US State Department Kurt Volker, should not replace or supplement the Normandy format.

Related: Putin voices risks of Ukraine’s accession into NATO for Russia

As it was reported earlier, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky offered his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to meet in any location of Donbas where there's a war going on. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin is aware of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's idea of a meeting in Donbas

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated that the meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin will definitely take place. He would like to hold the meeting in the Vatican, Jerusalem, or Vienna.  

Later, it was reported that Russian leader Vladimir Putin is ready for negotiations with his Ukrainian counterpart about matters of Ukraine-Russia bilateral relations.

Related: Putin: Minsk agreements should be basis for resolving conflict in Donbas, Biden agrees

Yesterday, the conversation between two presidents took place in Geneva. The American delegation included US State Secretary Anthony Blinken, while the Russian delegation was represented by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. The meeting was divided into two parts: it was a narrow format in the presence of Lavrov and Blinken as well as an expanded format.

The conversation lasted about four hours. Upon its completion, the Russian President was the first to hold a press conference, during which he described the meeting as “good”.

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