Ermak: Zelensky ready to meet with Putin if need be

the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky ready to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, if need be, but so far negotiations on this occasion is not conducted. This was announced by the new head of the office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak.

“If Zelensky will see that this meeting is necessary, that it could be the step to getting real results from the talks in the Normandy format, we do not rule out” — he said.

According to Ermak, ending the war in the Donbass remains a priority for Zelensky and his administration. He assured that the foreign Ministry and other government agencies will continue to work in Minsk for a peaceful settlement. He also stressed that independent from who will represent Russia in Minsk or Normandy format, the principles which were declared by Zelensky, remains unchanged, RIA Novosti reported.

in addition, Ermak said that Kiev has a plan of action which will allow to hold elections in the Donbass in October of this year in accordance with the Ukrainian laws.

Yermak was appointed head of the office of the President of Ukraine the day before. Previously, he worked in the presidential administration international Affairs and settlement in the Donbass, reports “Russia 24”. It was he who oversaw the exchange of prisoners and represented Zelensky meetings in “Norman format”. Ermak is considered a good negotiator, and have already expressed the opinion that his appointment marks a course for constructive talks with Russia.

meanwhile, earlier Vladimir Zelensky said about the need for “the active involvement of the United States” to a peaceful settlement of the conflict in the Donbass.