|Russian President Vladimir Putin|
There are several conditions that Vladimir Putin has listed for giving the green light to his meeting with Volodymyr Zelensky and he did so in a telephone conversation he had in recent days with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This was reported by the spokesman for the Turkish presidency, Ibrahim Kalin, who spoke about it in an interview with the Hurriyet newspaper. "The first - he explained - is Ukraine's neutrality, which equates to its refusal to enter NATO.
The second is disarmament and mutual security guarantees based on the Austrian model. Third, the process the Russian side refers to as 'denazification'. Fourth, the removal of barriers to common use of the Russian language in Ukraine". According to the Ankara spokesman, "some progress has been made on the first four articles of the ongoing negotiations", but "it is too early to say that there is a full agreement or that an agreement will be signed soon".
But Putin then made two other requests, the "most difficult", recognizing Kalin: namely the recognition of the annexation of Crimea and the recognition of the people's republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, requests that are "unacceptable to 'Ukraine and the international community", according to Erdogan's spokesman, "if there is agreement on the first four points, then there can be discussions at the leadership level on the fifth and sixth points". In recent hours, Russia's chief negotiator, Vladimir Medinsky, quoted by TASS, reiterated that Putin's meeting with Zelensky is only possible after the agreement between
Russia and Ukraine .