13 Mar 2022 17:31

Kyiv making efforts for Zelensky-Putin meeting to take place as soon as possible - advisor to Ukrainian President's Office head

KYIV. March 13 (Interfax-Ukraine) - A meeting between the Ukrainian and Russian presidents may take place already in the foreseeable future, with the Ukrainian side doing everything possible to make it happen as soon as possible, advisor to the head of the Ukrainian President's Office Mykhailo Podolyak said.

"I think that it will not take long for us to make it happen. I am not ready to say that this meeting may take place in the near future. A day, two, three, no. It will still take some time, but we will try to make it happen as soon as possible," Podolyak said during the telethon on Sunday.

Ukraine is continuing to look for a venue to hold talks between the Ukrainian and Russian leaders in terms of security guarantees and to elaborate a package of agreements that will take into account exclusively important positions for Ukraine, he said.

"When they are worked out, agreed tentatively, then the presidents will be able to meet and elaborate already the final provisions of the peace treaty," Podolyak said.

At the same time, he said that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will not sign any ineffective and unprofitable for Ukraine peace treaties, and the Russian side has already expressed its willingness for a direct meeting between the two presidents.

Earlier, Ukrainian President Zelensky called Israel as a possible venue for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin to end the war, adding that he positively regarded Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's mediating role in the resolution of peace issues between Ukraine and Russia.