Putin announced Zelensky’s refusal to negotiate with Russia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he was not ready for negotiations with Russia. This was pointed out by Russian leader Vladimir Putin during a press conference on September 16 following a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand.
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At the same time, Putin pointed out, the Turkish leader believes that the meeting with Zelensky could lead to a positive result.

As the Russian president noted, Russia will do everything to end the Ukrainian conflict, but Kyiv hopes to solve the problem by military means.

Prior to that, on September 1, Putin called the purpose of the special operation to stop Kyiv’s war against compatriots. In addition, according to him, on the territory of today’s Ukraine, after the coup, the authorities create a powerful anti-Russian enclave that threatens the immediate security of the Russian Federation itself.

In the same month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov recalled that the Russian side does not abandon the negotiation process with Kyiv, but the longer Ukraine postpones this process, the more difficult it will be to negotiate.

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