MOSCOW: Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said before there can be any face-to-face meeting between Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Zelensky, firm agreements that the Russian and Ukrainian leaders will sign, must be in place, reports the Russia Today.
“As for the Putin-Zelensky talks, nothing has changed here. Nobody needs a meeting for the sake of a meeting,” Peskov pointed out in an interview with Izvestia newspaper on Tuesday.
“There’s no talk about it at the moment,” the Kremlin spokesman clarified, referring to the meeting of the Russian and Ukrainian presidents.
Peskov spoke on the same issue on Sunday, telling the Rossiya 1 TV channel that Moscow was ready to talk with Zelensky only “on how our demands are going to be fulfilled” by Kyiv. As for Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, it’s “running its course; all of its goals will be achieved,” he assured.
Zelensky has been making contradicting statements on a meeting with Putin, first saying that he wanted to discuss the fate of the conflict directly with the Russian president and then insisting that no talks with Moscow were possible.
Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, citing Kyiv’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, designed to give the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk special status within the Ukrainian state.
The protocols, brokered by Germany and France, were first signed in 2014. Former Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has since admitted that Kyiv’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time and “create powerful armed forces.”
Kyiv insists the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked.