Kremlin: Putin is ready to discuss Crimea with Zelensky
Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to discuss cooperation on Crimea with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky not the ownership of Crimea, said the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov on air of Rossiya 1 TV channel.
“If we discuss Crimea in terms of the development of cross-border cooperation, you know, Russia has cross-border cooperation with other countries, in this regard, I am sure that Putin will be ready,” Peskov said.
Peskov added that “no one will ever discuss” who owns Crimea.
At the end of March, Zelensky put into effect the decision of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) to approve the country’s military security strategy, which includes Ukraine’s regaining control over the peninsula and the country’s accession to NATO. Later, Zelensky invited Putin to hold a meeting to discuss the situation in Crimea and Donbass.
In response, the Kremlin said that they are ready to discuss bilateral relations with Ukraine, and suggested holding talks on the Donbas with representatives of the unrecognized Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.