“It is good news that Zelensky remembered Russia's presence in the Norman format. And, although this conversation was, in fact, perhaps only a protocol event, the very fact of communication between the two presidents is already a glimmer of light among the grim clouds of Ukrainian-Russian relations, ”said the deputy.

According to him, it is possible that this call took place at the prompting of EU leaders, "who are tired of dealing with Ukrainian problems."

“But I would not, because of one phone call, raise Zelensky to the podium. So far, we do not see from the Ukrainian leader the fulfillment of his election promises, primarily concerning negotiations with Russia, ”believes Balbek.

Earlier, Putin held telephone talks with Zelensky. The conversation took place at the initiative of the Ukrainian side.

A spokesman for the Russian leader, Dmitry Peskov, pointed out that during the negotiations, an agreement was reached to continue work in these areas at the expert level.