China News Agency, Moscow, April 23 (Reporter Wang Xiujun) Regarding Ukrainian President Zelensky’s proposal to meet with Russian President Putin in the Donbass (Eastern Ukraine) region, Putin responded on the 22nd and said that he could meet Zelensky on the 22nd. Moscow met to discuss bilateral relations.
Data map: Russian President Putin.
According to the Russian President’s Information Bureau, Putin held a meeting with the visiting Belarusian President Lukashenko on the same day.
In the meantime, a reporter asked Putin what he thought of Zelensky's proposal for a meeting.
Putin said that the current leaders of Ukraine have taken many actions to disrupt relations between the two countries.
But if Zelensky is willing to improve relations between the two countries, then Russia welcomes this.
The question is what will be discussed at the meeting?
Putin said that if the Donbass issue is to be discussed, then Ukrainian leaders should first meet with the leaders of the civilian armed forces in Donetsk and Lugansk, and then with Russia.
Putin said that if we want to discuss the development of relations between the two countries, then we will meet him in Moscow at any time convenient for him.
In response to the previous Ukrainian proposal to move the work site of the tripartite contact group (Ukraine, OSCE, Russia) out of Belarus, Putin said that Belarus only provides a platform and does not interfere with the work process of the tripartite contact group.
Data map: President Zelensky of Ukraine.
Putin said that some people seem to be looking for reasons to avoid discussing the Donbass issue.
This will completely bury the Minsk agreement.
The situation in Ukraine has recently heated up. Uzbek government forces and civilian armed forces have accused each other of opening fire and provocation.
At the same time, Ukraine said that Russia’s assembly of troops in the border area between Ukraine and Russia poses a serious threat to Ukraine’s national security.
The Russian side responded that the Russian army on the Russian-Ukrainian border is located in Russia and poses no threat to anyone.
Zelensky said in a speech on April 20 that Ukraine is ready to fight for peace through diplomatic channels and is also ready to defend itself.
He said that he went to Donbass every month and was ready to meet Putin anywhere in Donbass.