Zelensky: “No dialogue with the Russian president”
Joe Biden calls Vladimir Putin “a rational person who miscalculated”. From Moscow, there are signs of openness for a possible meeting between the Russian president and that of the United States. From Kiev, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asks for new weapons for Ukraine and closes the door to dialogue with the Kremlin’s number 1.
BIDEN – “I believe that” Vladimir Putin “is a national person who has totally miscalculated”. The president of the United States, Joe Biden, speaks about Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview with CNN. Last week, Biden referred to the risk of a “nuclear Armageddon” in the context of the war between Russia and Ukraine. While considering Putin “rational”, Biden points out elements that contrast with this judgment. “Listen to what he says. If you listen to the speech he made after making the decision” to invade Ukraine in February, “he talked about the idea that Russia should bring together all Russian-speaking people. is irrational. I believe that the discourse and the objectives were not rational. He believed it would be welcomed with open arms: I think he completely miscalculated “, reiterates Biden.
RUSSIA – Russia is open to dialogue with the West, whoever says otherwise says ” a lie ”, but Moscow ” is waiting for a serious proposal ”. This was stated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during an interview with Rossiya 1 TV. Lavrov’s words follow those of Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, according to whom Moscow has rejected a Washington proposal to dialogue. ”This is a lie. We have not received any serious contact proposals, ” Lavrov said.
The “most urgent” goal of a possible meeting between Putin and Biden is to discuss how to avoid “an escalation on the nuclear level rather than the situation on the battlefield because nuclear war is more important than any regional conflict, including the one we have. now in Ukraine “., Andrei Kfortov, director general of Riac (Russian International Affairs Council), commenting in an interview with Adnkronos the words of the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, who today did not close the door to a possible meeting between Putin and Biden on the sidelines of the next G20.
If the two leaders were to have an interview, adds Kfortov, “I think it would be reasonable to assume that they will not limit their conversation to the nuclear dimension alone, but will consider a wide range of issues, including the possible modalities of the ceasefire in Ukraine. “.
Meanwhile, the meeting between Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be held tomorrow in Astana, on the sidelines of the summit on Central Asia, as confirmed by the spokesman of the Kremlin, Dmitry Peskov.
ZELENSKY – Putin, however, is not considered an interlocutor by the Ukrainian president. ” There can be no dialogue with the current Russian leader, who has no future. We must recognize this obviousness, “Zelensky says on Telegram addressing the leaders of the G7.” There can only be talks with another leader of Russia, who respects the United Nations Charter, the fundamental principles of humanity and the territorial integrity of ‘Ukraine, or in a different configuration, so that the terrorist leader does not have the opportunity to influence key decisions,’ ‘he adds. There is only one person who is blocking the peace right now, and this person is in Moscow. ”, he concludes.