Ukraine’s President-Elect Vladimir Zelensky is ready to discuss new conditions for coexistence of Ukraine and Russia, he wrote on his Facebook page, ONA reports citing TASS.
"I would like to note once again that I am ready for negotiations. I hope that at the next meeting in the Normandy format Russia will demonstrate readiness for de-escalation ... Our side is ready to discuss new conditions for coexistence of Ukraine and Russia," Zelensky wrote.
In his opinion, mutual exchange of prisoners under the "all for all" formula should be a concrete confirmation of Russia's readiness for de-escalation.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said earlier he believes ways to resolve the Donbass conflict could be the focus of his possible talks with Ukrainian President-Elect Vladimir Zelensky. "If we ever meet in order to hold talks - and I don’t rule out such a possibility - we will first and foremost have to discuss ways to end the conflict in southeastern Ukraine," Putin said, adding that there was no alternative to the Minsk Agreements in that regard.
The Russian leader pointed to the statements Zelensky had made during the election campaign that he did not plan to sign a decree granting amnesty to the Donbass conflict’s participants and did not intend to provide special status to certain Donbass areas as stipulated in the Minsk Agreements. "How will it be possible to resolve the LPR-DPR issue without implementing the Minsk Agreements? I would very much like to ask him this question and discuss these matters with him," Putin said.
He also noted that a large number of Ukrainians had voted for Zelensky. "Everyone is tired of the conflict [in Donbass]. Everyone expect the new authorities, including the future president, to achieve these goals. But the future president announces from the very start that he doesn’t plan to implement the Minsk Agreements. If so, how does he plan to resolve this issue?" Putin said, adding that he would like to understand Zelensky’s position.