Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday raised the opportunity of assembly Ukraine’s president-elect in an indication Moscow would possibly wish to enhance relations that soured after its 2014 annexation of Crimea.
Putin stated in the event that they meet, he and Volodymyr Zelenskiy ought to talk about tips on how to finish Ukraine’s battle with Russian-backed separatists in its southeast.
The Russian chief talked to reporters whereas in Beijing for a discussion board on China’s Belt and Highway infrastructure-building initiative.
“If we now have a gathering someday, start some negotiations, which I don’t rule out, then we are going to to begin with have to speak about tips on how to finish the battle within the southeast of Ukraine,” Putin stated at a information convention.
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Moscow’s relations with Ukraine soured after the 2014 annexation of Crimea and the conflict Russia-backed separatists.
Putin additionally stated Moscow is contemplating whether or not to supply citizenship to all Ukrainians following his decree this week to expedite functions by residents of the rebel-held elements of japanese Ukraine.
That means Russia desires to exert hegemony in Ukraine. The Ukrainian authorities sees the decree as interference in its affairs and the peace course of.
“Generally, we’re considering of giving our citizenship in a simplified method to the residents of Ukraine,” Putin stated.