Russian President Vladimir Putin has never refused to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The meeting is hypothetically possible, but a specific document must be prepared for this. This was announced on April 3 by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
“Putin has never refused such a meeting, and such a meeting, yes, it is hypothetically possible. But in order for it to take place, it is necessary that a specific document matures in the depths of the work of the two delegations. Not a set of ideas, but a specific written document. Then the turn of such a meeting will come, ”he said in an interview with journalist Pavel Zarubin in the Moscow. Kremlin. Putin” on TV channel “Russia 1”.
Answering the question of whether this document will be implemented, Peskov recalled the experience of the Minsk agreements.
“We have this experience, we remember it, we remember it very well and act accordingly,” he said.
On March 31, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he was ready to organize talks between the presidents of Russia and Ukraine.
On the same day, Peskov said that it was too early to talk about the proposed meeting between Putin and Zelensky in April. According to him, this should be preceded by the finalization of the agreement between Moscow and Kiev.
On March 30, Peskov noted that the Russian and Ukrainian delegations still have a lot of work to do as part of the negotiation process, and there are no breakthroughs in the dialogue yet. According to him, the fact that Kyiv began to formulate specific proposals can be called a positive moment.
The fourth face-to-face round of talks between Moscow and Kyiv took place on March 29 at the Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul. They walked for about three hours. As the head of the Russian delegation, Vladimir Medinsky, noted, the negotiations were constructive, Russia received written proposals from Ukraine confirming its desire for a neutral and non-nuclear status.
In mid-February, due to the aggravation of the situation in the Donbass as a result of shelling by the Ukrainian military, the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics asked for recognition of their independence and announced the evacuation of the civilian population to Russia.
On February 21, Putin signed a corresponding decree. On February 24, Russia launched a special operation to protect the civilian population of Donbass. As Peskov clarified, the special operation has two goals – the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine.