No one excludes the possibility of a meeting between the presidents of Russia and Ukraine, Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Zelensky, but you need to understand what will be discussed at it and what will be its result. This statement was made on Sunday, March 13, by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
“We have repeatedly said that no one excludes the possibility of a meeting between Vladimir Putin and President Zelensky. But we need to understand what should be the result of this meeting and what will be discussed at it, ”Peskov commented to Interfax on the statement of the head of the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Mevlut Cavusoglu.
He added that the meeting is currently not supported by any conditions, and, accordingly, it is too early to talk about the readiness of the Russian side.
Earlier in the day, the Turkish Foreign Minister said that during a telephone conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Putin said he was not opposed to meeting with Zelensky.
On March 12, the Ukrainian leader announced his readiness for negotiations with the Russian Federation. He called Jerusalem a suitable place for this. According to Zelensky, Israel could provide significant mediation from a historical point of view. The leader noted that this country should also be included in the list of security guarantors.
On March 10, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba spoke about the possibility of a meeting between the heads of the two states. The Russian minister noted that the Russian president does not refuse negotiations with Zelensky, but preparatory work must be carried out before that.
On March 9, Deputy Head of the Office of the Ukrainian President Igor Zhovkva said that Zelensky was ready for a direct dialogue with the Russian leader to resolve the conflict. A day earlier, the President of Ukraine announced the possibility of discussing with Russia the issues of Crimea, as well as the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics.
On Monday, March 7, the third stage of negotiations between Russia and Ukraine in Belovezhskaya Pushcha ended. The meeting lasted over three hours. According to the head of the Russian delegation, Vladimir Medinsky, the expectations from the negotiations did not materialize, and it was not possible to sign any documents on their results. Medinsky noted that Kyiv took the documents brought by Moscow for study.
The previous two stages of Russian-Ukrainian negotiations took place on March 3 in Belovezhskaya Pushcha and on February 28 in the Gomel region of Belarus. As a result, the parties managed to reach an understanding on a number of important issues, including the organization of humanitarian corridors for the civilian population.
In mid-February, due to the aggravation of the situation in the Donbass as a result of shelling by the Ukrainian military, the heads of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DNR and LNR) announced a general mobilization and announced the evacuation of the civilian population to the Russian Federation.
On February 21, Putin signed a decree recognizing Moscow’s independence of the republics, as well as treaties of friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance. The documents were ratified the next day.
On February 24, he announced the start of a special operation to protect the civilian population of Donbass. As the press secretary of the head of state Dmitry Peskov clarified, the special operation has two goals – the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine. According to him, both of these aspects pose a threat to the Russian state and people.