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The Kremlin assessed the likelihood of direct talks between Putin and Zelensky


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Vladimir Zelensky and Vladimir Putin / UNIAN collage

The Kremlin said it would like to normalize relations with Kiev, and assessed the chances of possible contacts between the presidents of Russia and Ukraine – Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Zelensky.

As the press secretary of the Russian leader Dmitry Peskov said, “for a conversation at the highest level, at least the prerequisites must be ripe,” RIA Novosti reports.

“I repeat once again, President Putin himself has repeatedly said that we are interested in normalizing relations with all our neighbors, including Ukraine,” Peskov added.

At the same time, he noted that the Kremlin still “does not see and hear” the political will to normalize bilateral relations.

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Recall:

  • 25 December, President Vladimir Zelensky said that at the moment there are no prerequisites for direct negotiations with the head of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. The conversation will take place if problems arise with the organization of a meeting of advisers to the leaders of the Normandy format countries. At the same time, the heads of the two states should conduct a dialogue on the settlement of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.
  • Russian media December 9 citing sources in the Russian presidential administration, they said that negotiations on Donbass are continuing, but there will be no meeting in the Normandy format, since Moscow accuses Kiev of not fulfilling the agreements reached at the Paris summit in December 2019 year.
  • Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov 25 on November said that the Kremlin had not planned telephone talks between Putin and Zelensky, but there were no difficulties with organizing such a conversation.
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