Ukraine ready for any format of talks with Russia, Zelensky says

15 December 2021, 09:24 PM

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, on a visit to EU leaders in Brussels amid heightened tensions with Russia, has said he very much wishes resume talks with the Kremlin.

“Ukraine is ready for any format of negotiations with the Russian Federation regarding the settlement of the Donbas peace process,” Zelensky said at a press briefing in Brussels broadcast by the Rada TV channel on Dec. 15.

“We declare this openly and not the first time. Russia should also seek to stop the war.”

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Zelensky said he thinks a meeting in the Normandy format had to be held to resolve many urgent issues “if Russia is interested in a settlement.”

But the Ukrainian president also said did not rule out the possibility of trilateral talks with the participation of the United States.

Zelensky earlier this year called for a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. Making the offer on April 20, 2021, he said it could be held “anywhere in the Donbas war zone.”

Zelensky earlier this year called for a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. Making the offer on April 20, 2021, he said it could be held “anywhere in the Donbas war zone.”

In turn, Putin invited Zelensky to Moscow, on the condition that the Ukrainian leadership held negotiations with the so-called “DPR” and “LPR” (self-proclaimed “Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics) before “discussing the Donbas.”

No other information regarding a possible meeting has since been reported. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said neither side “rejects the possibility of communication,” but the Office of the President of Ukraine and the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation are still far from “agreeing on any specific agenda for a possible meeting.”

Zelensky, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz discussed the Donbas war and the Normandy format talks (between Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany) during their meeting in Brussels on Dec. 15.

The leaders agreed to continue active work in the Normandy format and ensure the implementation of the decisions taken at the Paris summit on Dec. 9, 2019.

They also called on Russia to resume constructive work in the Normandy format.

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