Putin and Zelensky hold first negotiations
The heads of states discussed a conflict in the Donbass on the telephone.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky had a telephone conversation, during which they discussed Donbass conflict and international relations, as follows from a message on the Kremlin website. These negotiations have become the first between the presidents after Zelensky was elected.
“Issues of settlement of the conflict in the south-east of Ukraine and joint work on the return of persons held by both sides were discussed. An agreement was reached to continue this work at the expert level,” the Kremlin press service reports.
In addition, the possibility of continuing contacts in the “Norman format” was discussed. According to the press service of Zelensky, the key theme was “the release of captured sailors” detained in the Kerch Strait. The fate of other Ukrainians detained in the Russian Federation was also discussed.
Earlier, Zelensky suggested that Putin hold a meeting in Minsk with the participation of the heads of the United States, France, Britain and Germany. The President of the Russian Federation responded that Russia is ready for any format of meetings to resolve the conflict in the Donbass.
Presumably, it concerns the US response to Ukraine’s help in the investigation against Joseph Biden, Trump’s main rival in the 2020 presidential election, who allegedly was in collusion with Kiev during the previous campaign.