13 Mar 2022 14:55

No one rules out possibility of meeting between Putin, Zelensky, but one needs to understand what to discuss, what outcome to expect - Peskov

MOSCOW. March 13 (Interfax) - The Kremlin has said that it never denied the possibility of a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, but it would like to understand in advance, what will be on its agenda and what outcome is to be expected.

Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov commented to Interfax on a statement by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who noted that Putin said during his phone calls with the Turkish president that he was not opposed to a meeting with Zelensky.

"We have reiterated on many occasions that no one rules out the possibility of Vladimir Putin's meeting with President Zelensky. But we need to understand what should be an outcome of this meeting and what will be discussed at it," Peskov told Interfax in response to a request to confirm whether the Russian side has indeed expressed its willingness for such a meeting, which was not accompanied by any conditions.

According to Peskov, during the ongoing talks involving the Russian delegation led by presidential aide Vladimir Medinsky, in particular, the conditions under which a meeting between Putin and Zelensky may take place are being discussed, but it is too early to talk about the results.

"To this end, the delegations, which from our side is led by Medinsky, are working. It is still premature to talk about the results," Peskov said.