According to the publication, a few months ago, the Russian authorities handed over to the Ukrainian side a list of 12 potential decisions that they would like to take during a possible meeting between Putin and Zelensky. Moreover, almost all of them relate to bilateral relations between Ukraine and the Russian Federation.
The Kremlin considers it possible to reach an agreement on the restoration of full-fledged diplomatic relations and to agree on the return of ambassadors to Moscow and Kiev. Also, the Russian side wants to agree on the lifting of mutual trade and economic restrictions and the lifting of sanctions against individuals and legal entities.
In addition, the Kremlin suggests that the presidents could decide to restore transport links between Ukraine and the Russian Federation and agree on the preparation of an agreement on the transit and supply of Russian gas after 2024 by December 1, 2022.
As the newspaper notes, the topic of the occupied Crimea is not mentioned in the list of Russian topics for conversation, and the issue of resolving the conflict in Donbas is not mentioned once. The Kremlin stressed that the representatives of Russia in the trilateral contact group and in the Normandy format will support any peace agreements between Kiev and the so-called “authorities” of the militants “DPR” and “LPR”.
Kremlin Speaker Dmitry Peskov said in a comment to Kommersant that Kiev had not responded to the agenda proposed by Moscow.
Putin and Zelenskiy met in person only once – in December 2019 in Paris at the Normandy format leaders’ summit.
On April 20, 2021, Zelensky invited Putin to meet “anywhere in Donbass where there is a war”… Putin answered after two days and offered to meet in Moscow. The head of the Kremlin said he was ready to negotiate bilateral relations. To “discuss the problems of Donbass,” the Ukrainian leadership should meet with the leaders of the “LPR” and “DPR”, and “only then discuss them with representatives of third countries,” he said.
Representatives of the Ukrainian delegation in tripartite contact group on the settlement of the conflict in Donbass believe that the President of Ukraine you should not go to Moscow for negotiations… To Kiev inviting Putin is incorrect, said the head of the President’s Office Andriy Yermak.
In an interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica on April 27, Zelenskiy said that his meeting with Putin could go to the Vatican… “This is truly an ideal place for a dialogue about peace,” the Ukrainian president is convinced. Before that, Zelensky said that he “cares not about the venue, but about the content of the meeting”.
On May 21, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba stated that Zelensky will not meet with Putinif at this meeting there will be no topics from the occupied Crimea and Donbass.
On June 30, Putin said that so far sees no point in meeting with Zelensky, since “the key issues of the life of Ukraine are resolved not in Kiev, but in Washington, partly in Berlin and Paris.”
Zelensky, responding to Putin’s statement, called the words of the head of the Kremlin “a propaganda mantra that designed for domestic consumers in Russia itself “.
On September 5, Kuleba said that the Ukrainian side “is not hiding” from the meeting of Zelensky and Putin and is ready for it, but “it seems that the Russian side constantly finds excusesto avoid such a meeting. “
Zelensky on September 10 stated that hopes for a substantive meeting with Putin, the result of which will be an exchange of persons held.