Putin states meeting with Zelensky is unlikely this year

Source : 112 Agency

Russia believes that there are problems with determining the range of issues as of today
16:19, 2 September 2021

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The meeting of the Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is unlikely to take place this year, as it must be well prepared. This was stated by the press secretary of the Russian president Dmitry Peskov, RIA Novosti reports.

“Any high-level communication must be well prepared and must pursue certain goals. In terms of preparation, there are still significant problems with the range of issues that could be discussed. Mr. Zelensky always insists on discussing Crimea," Peskov states.

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He noted that “It’s not that Putin is not ready, there is no substance for discussion.”

At the same time, Peskov added that he does not think that this meeting will take place this year.

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It should be noted that the day before, the press secretary of the Ukrainian president Serhiy Nykyforov stated that Zelensky is ready to meet with his Russian counterpart at any moment.

As it was reported earlier, preparations for a meeting between President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian leader Vladimir Putin are proceeding "at the highest level," as announced by the First Vice Prime Minister - Minister of Economy of Ukraine Oleksiy Lyubchenko.

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