President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that he is not afraid of direct dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He told about this in an interview with Euronews.
According to him, he is not afraid of direct dialogue with Putin, and also considers it correct, since the results of the negotiations can help bring the end of the war closer. Zelensky also noted that the dialogue should take place in any case, regardless of how other people or regions react to it, otherwise there will be no result.
The President of Ukraine added that he had a conversation with Putin on July 27, 2020, before the ceasefire in Donbass entered into force. According to him, the leaders discussed the difficult issues of compliance with the ceasefire.
In early August, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed the hope that the regime of silence in Donbass would be respected and assured that Kiev was doing everything possible for this.
At the talks of the contact group on Donbass in the Minsk format on July 22, the parties agreed on additional measures to “support and observe the current indefinite ceasefire for the entire period until a complete comprehensive settlement of the conflict.” On July 27, the new parameters of a complete ceasefire came into force, and Ukraine was headed by the first president of Ukraine, Leonid Kravchuk, in the trilateral contact group on settlement.
Since 2014, Kiev has been conducting a military operation against Donbass, whose residents refused to recognize the results of the coup and the new government in Kiev. The settlement issues are being discussed in the Minsk format and at the meetings of the Normandy Four.