President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has expressed the readiness for meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin as he stated during YES Brainstorming 2021.
“To tell the truth, I have no time to think about him (Vladimir Putin, - 112.international). Let his country and him not to be insulted. I am more interested whether or not we can really meet pointedly, not in a declarative way as he does with some states, but really meet more substantively that it happened during the first meeting in the Normandy Format because there were results, nevertheless, we returned 100 people home after that meeting,” the president said.
According to him, the meeting with Putin in the Normandy Format brought important results.
“We talked about mine clearance and opening of the checkpoint but not everything moves as fast as I would like and as I see it, Russia does not want it as of today; they see no sense in a solution of the issue, end of the war; they do not want it. It is my inner problems and I should do what I should to do, to make them have the desire to talk about the de-occupation of our country substantively,” Zelensky said.
Besides, the president noted that Ukraine will not be able to get the desirable result from Russia through simple phrases, intimidations, or threats.
“I need just a result; I measure the result in people. We have met with Putin, the Normandy meeting should be held; it might be held, it depends on them. We are a strong independent state but in some issues, we are not too powerful to dictate this policy. We would really like and move in this direction. If it is the meeting in the Normandy Format, it will be the return of some number of people. Everything, we agree on, they do not fulfill it by 100%, but if it is a meeting – some result will be. 100, 50, I believe it is the result of our meeting. The same thing is about mine clearance and checkpoints. 1.5 year has passed since then, we have opened all checkpoints from our side, we expect the other side. All depends on the political will of one person,” Zelensky concluded.
On Wednesday, September 8, advisers to the leaders of the Normandy Format held a meeting online. The preparations for the meeting of Norwegian foreign ministers are underway.