The Turkish leader will tell the Ukrainian president today that Putin has expressed his readiness for direct talks with him.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready for direct talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. This was reported by CNN Turk on Thursday, August 18, citing sources.
According to the publication, the Turkish leader Recep Erdogan will inform Zelensky of this today during a meeting in Lviv.
According to the publication, Putin allegedly hinted during talks with Erdogan on August 5 that he might meet with Zelensky.
“Now to stop the war, the Russian side said: “First, the leaders can discuss and define a road map. Then the delegations can begin work on putting this road map into practice,” the publication noted.
By the way, the previous day the President’s Office stated that negotiations with Russia are possible only after its military defeat.
Earlier, Mykhailo Podolyak, Adviser to the President’s Office, stated that Russia needs an operational pause, not negotiations. According to him, Ukraine will not return to the Istanbul communiqué and will not negotiate with Russia now.