Kiev: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Thursday he was confident that a face-to-face meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin would get the two countries out of a deadlock.
“A meeting with Putin would definitely unblock relations between Ukraine and Russia, because it will be the presidents looking for a way out at that meeting. A meeting signals what the sides want,” he told the RBC Ukraine news agency.
Zelenskyy added that any outcome of an in-person meeting would be a good thing “because living with uncertainty is the worst.”
Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said in a doorstep interview after an informal EU summit in Brussels that Zelenskyy had asked him to arrange a meeting with Putin.
He said bringing the two to the negotiating table would not be easy.