Zelensky lays out conditions for Russia-Ukraine dialogue
Zelensky, who was elected in the second round of presidential elections in Ukraine a week ago by 73.3 percent of voters, expressed his wish to talk with Putin, but he called on the Russian leader to put 'economic and military threats and pressures' aside.
That way, better conditions would be created to seek an end to hostilities and to unblock the Minsk process, the president-elect and comedian said on his Facebook account, after traveling to Turkey to perform in a comedy festival.
In Beijing, Putin recalled on Saturday that Zelensky had said that there would be no amnesty or a special statute for the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, so key issues in the Minsk Agreements will not be fulfilled.
According to Zelensky, Moscow would need to be willing to reduce the escalation of the conflict in Donbass, which includes Donetsk and Lugansk. However, Russia has always denied any direct participation in that confrontation.
In addition, the Ukrainian president-elect referred to the possibility of seeking a settlement to exchange prisoners under the all-for-all principle; that is, without exclusions.
The future head of State pointed out that he can seek conditions for a peaceful coexistence with Russia, although in order to achieve a complete normalization of relations, the 'occupation of Crimea and Donbass' will have to end. ■