After a joint briefing, Zelensky held a press conference at which he announced that the next meeting in the Normandy format would be without the United States.
He specified that he had already approached Washington with a proposal to join the negotiations, and during a meeting with Trump he personally invited him to the Normandy format for the first time.
Zelensky explained that he wants to hold his first meeting of this format with representatives of France, Germany and Russia in the current composition. In the absence of progress, it is possible to attract other countries, including the United States:
"Now we need to meet in this format, which exists for the first time in my political life. If it does not work and will not move forward, then yes, we will attract. And not only America."
Zelensky also explained his words from the transcript of a telephone conversation with Trump on July 25 about the future Prosecutor General of Ukraine Ruslan Ryaboshapka, whom he called "my person."