The Ukrainian president has long been seeking a meeting with Putin, but the Russian side is delaying this process.
President Volodymyr Zelensky is confident in the inevitability of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He assessed the likelihood of such a summit in an interview with Agence France-Presse, Reuters and the Associated Press, the text of which is published by the Presidential Office on Wednesday, June 16.
At the same time, he noted that the meeting may not take place if Putin “is not willing to finish anything.”
“Therefore, let’s hope that in the near future we will receive dates, schedules and deadlines, which is important. Can a meeting with the US President speed up our meeting? A meeting takes place when both parties are interested in it. Therefore, I believe that the meeting of the presidents cannot speed up my meeting with Putin. As for my meeting with the US President, I received a rather specific invitation. There are no dates yet, but at the end of July we will have a meeting, an official visit to the United States,” Zelensky said.
Earlier, Putin confirmed his readiness for a meeting, but so far this is being delayed by the Russian side, the president said.
“Today, I do not know the reasons, but they are too delaying. But the issue cannot be resolved through delaying. They raise the issue of the Russian language, the church, etc. Even in the media they discuss me – this is very” important “in bilateral relations when there is a war … I have a very open position in this regard: if you want respect for the Russian language, respect a Ukrainian one,” Zelensky added.
The day before, the Kremlin said that there was no progress in preparations for a meeting between Zelensky and Putin.
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