Zelensky offered to hold a meeting with Putin and Biden

PResident of Ukraine Zelensky proposed to hold a meeting with Putin and Biden Kiev proposed to hold a trilateral online summit Russia-USA-Ukraine. Washington “took the proposal with interest,” said the head of the office of the Ukrainian president

Zelensky offered to hold a meeting with Putin and Biden

Vladimir Zelensky

President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky proposed to hold a meeting with Russian Leader Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden. This was stated by the head of Zelensky’s office, Andrei Ermak, at a virtual event at the Atlantic Council.

“President Zelensky suggested to President Biden (and we think it might work) to organize a trilateral meeting, possibly a videoconference, between Biden, Zelensky and Putin,” he noted.

According to him, the United States has already “expressed deep interest”, now Kiev is waiting for the reaction of the Russian side.

RBC sent a request to the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov.

The last time Putin and Biden held telephone talks was at the end of December. The key topic was the security guarantees proposed by Russia, including the requirement not to accept Ukraine and other countries of the former USSR into NATO.

The Kremlin called the conversation useful and frank, while the White House considered that the talks were serious and meaningful.

On January 14, Peskov said that there are no plans for new contacts between the presidents of Russia and the United States yet. Putin will determine the line of conduct after analyzing the written formulations of the United States based on the results of Russian-American consultations, the press secretary said.

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki also said that Washington could not yet say anything about the possibility of a meeting between Putin and Biden.

Biden assured Zelensky in early January that Washington remains committed to the principle of “nothing about you without you” and does not intend to make any decisions concerning partners, including Kiev, without their knowledge.

The leaders of the two countries also positively assessed the measures for the diplomatic resolution of the situation around Ukraine, in particular through contacts along the lines of Russia, NATO and Russia, OSCE.

Against the background of reports of a possible “invasion” of Russia into the territory of Ukraine, the question of returning to the “Normandy format” was raised.

In mid-December, Zelensky, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, following a trilateral meeting, called on Russia to resume work within the Normandy format.

Moscow has repeatedly denied reports of a possible “invasion” of Ukraine. On January 10, during negotiations with the United States on security guarantees, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov once again stressed that Russia has no plans to attack Ukraine.

Zelensky on January 11 reiterated that he was ready for negotiations in the “Normandy format”. According to him, the time has come to “substantially negotiate the termination of the conflict” in the Donbass.

The next day, Peskov confirmed that Russia is ready to negotiate in detail on the settlement of the conflict in the Donbass.

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