Contents tagged with Zelensky

  • Biden holds phone conversation with Zelensky

    U.S. President Joseph Biden held a phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, reports Interfax-Ukraine.

    According to the US President's National Security Adviser, Jake Sullivan, during the conversation, Biden invited Zelensky to visit Washington this summer.

    "He told President Zelensky that he looks forward to welcoming him to the White House here in Washington this summer after he returns from Europe," Sullivan said at a briefing.

    Biden also assured Zelensky of …

  • Zelensky: Germany and France are afraid to recognize Russia as participant in Donbas conflict

    In an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Germany and France are afraid to call Russia a participant in the Donbas conflict.

    "At the last meeting of the advisors to the leaders of the Normandy Four countries, where Mr. Dmitry Kozak, who represents Russia, asked our European partners whether Russia was a participant in the conflict, representatives of Germany and France did not directly respond that Russia is a participant. They again …

  • Kremlin: Putin is ready to discuss Crimea with Zelensky

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to discuss cooperation on Crimea with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky not the ownership of Crimea, said the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov on air of Rossiya 1 TV channel.

    "If we discuss Crimea in terms of the development of cross-border cooperation, you know, Russia has cross-border cooperation with other countries, in this regard, I am sure that Putin will be ready," Peskov said.

    Peskov added that "no one will ever …

  • Ukrainian President promises to hold referendum on settlement in Donbas

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he was considering holding a nationwide referendum on a settlement in the Donbas, UNIAN reports.

    "Regarding the national referendum, I believe that this should be the most important issue that we have today. I believe that this is the situation in the Donbas," said Zelensky at a press conference.

    According to Zelensky, this will take some time as Kyiv has several plans to end the war and take back the occupied territories and people. "We will …

  • Zelensky proposes meeting with Putin in Vatican

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky considers the Vatican an ideal place for a bilateral meeting with the Russian President.

    In an interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, which was published on Zelensky’s website,  the Ukrainian President noted that the meeting with the Russian president will definitely take place, as it is necessary to end the war in the Donbas.

    "It seems to me that the meeting, for a start, should take place in the territory that embodies peace and dialogue. …

  • Kremlin: Putin is ready to talk with Zelensky but not about the war in Donbas

    Russian Presidential Speaker Dmitry Peskov welcomed the initiative of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to meet with Putin, reported the Russian agency Interfax.

    Peskov said the wish to speak should be "only welcomed." He also said that deputy head of the Russian Presidential administration, Dmitry Kozak, is in constant contact with the Office of the Ukrainian President.

    At the same time, the Kremlin believes that the dialogue between Zelensky and Putin can be only regarding the …

  • Ukrainian President suggests including U.S,Canada and UK in Donbas talks

    In an interview with the Financial Times, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called for the Minsk agreements to be changed and the Normandy Four negotiations expanded.

    "I am involved in a process that was developed before I even became president," said Zelensky. In his opinion, the Minsk agreements are not flexible enough and do not meet the demands of the current situation.

    Zelensky said that he saw two ways out of the current deadlock: either to change the format of the Minsk talks, or …

  • Putin says he is ready to meet with Zelensky in Moscow

    Russian President Vladimir Putin responded to Ukrainian President’s offer to meet in the Donbas.

    According to Putin, the leadership of Ukraine "has made a lot of steps that destroy Russian-Ukrainian relations."

    "This concerns a number of problems in bilateral relations, it concerns the attitude towards the Russian Orthodox Church and its destruction, the attempt to destroy it. This applies to the Russian language and Russian-speaking citizens of Ukraine, and Russian citizens who live in …

  • Putin calls Erdogan ahead of Zelensky’s visit to Turkey

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the situation in eastern Ukraine by phone, reported Putin’s press service.

    During the telephone conversation, Putin outlined to Erdogan "Russian approaches to resolving the internal Ukrainian crisis." The Russian side stressed that it considers the Minsk "Complex of Measures", which was adopted in 2015, as an alternative basis for resolving the conflict.

    Putin in his usual manner accused Ukraine  of evading …

  • Kremlin: Ukraine’s membership in NATO will not help to solve Donbas conflict

    The Kremlin doubts that Ukraine's accession to NATO will help resolve the conflict in the Donbas, said the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov.

    "We deeply doubt that this will help Ukraine somehow cope with its internal problem. From our point of view, this will make the situation even worse," he said. The Kremlin representative once again called the fighting in the Donbas an internal conflict of Ukraine, denying the military and financial participation of the Russian …