Putin, Zelensky ready to hold talks on bilateral relations

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Canan Kevser
27 April 2021, 12:56
Canan Kevser
27 April 2021, 12:56

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has instructed the head of his office, Andriy Yermak, to arrange talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

He announced this to reporters during his visit to the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant on Monday, the presidential press service reported.

"Everything is being done to make sure that this meeting will take place. I really made an offer - and you heard it- to meet in Donbas, and the Russian president confirmed his desire to meet, but he invited me to meet in Moscow. I have already tasked Head of the President's Office, Andriy Yermak, with getting in touch with President Putin's administration so that they reach an understanding and [agree on] terms and a place or a city where we can meet," Zelensky said.

According to the Ukrainian President, the main thing is to make sure that this meeting and negotiations realize, and the place is just a detail.

Background

On April 20, Ukraine's president Zelensky addressed his Russian counterpart Putin, inviting him to meet "in any part of the Ukrainian Donbas where war is ongoing."

On April 22, Putin said he was ready to meet with Zelensky in Moscow, but he added that the issue of ending the war in eastern Ukraine would be discussed only after the Ukrainian authorities hold talks with Russia-backed separatist's so-called leaders in Eastern Ukraine.

Fighting between Ukrainian government forces and Russia-backed separatists in the eastern Ukrainian region Donbas has left more than 13,000 people dead since the conflict began in 2014.