The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky claimed that world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and the US President Donald Trump, should sit down and discuss a number of issues in order to improve their relations with Ukraine, which he said would be a new format of diplomatic talks.
In a video released Monday, Zelensky addressed Putin directly, reported VOA News. Looking straight into the camera, Ukrainian president said: “We need to talk? We do. Let’s do it.”
He went on saying, “I suggest the following company for our conversation: You and I, U.S. President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron.”
“Let’s discuss whose Crimea is, and who is not in Donbas.”
During EU-Ukraine Summit, held Monday, Zelensky said that EU and US should prolong sanctions against Russia, as that is the way to “ending the war.” “We want to stop this war, and we want to return peace to Ukraine, but this can be done with only one weapon: diplomacy,” he said.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented on Zelensky’s claim by saying that his call for a meeting would be considered. “First, we need to understand whether such a meeting has any prospects, and second, we need to understand what kind of new format is being offered,” he said.
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website