President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi answered whether he is ready to meet with the Russian dictator Volodymyr Putin. He noted that this can happen only after the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine.
Zelenskyі stated this in an interview with the Korean publication Chosun Ilbo.
The head of state emphasized that Putin avoided contact with him for two years, even telephone conversations. According to Zelenskyi, the dictator has nothing to say.
"Putin is clearly aware that his efforts to seize Ukraine by force are indisputable. So what can you talk to me about? Putin only wants to seize Ukraine by war and destroy Ukrainian statehood," the president said.
Zelenskyі emphasized that it would be difficult for him to talk with Putin before the withdrawal of Russian troops from the territory of Ukraine. In addition, the head of state named the next goal of the Russian dictator.
"Putin's next target is Belarus. It (Russia, - ed.) is absorbing Belarusian metallurgy," Zelenskyі added.
The last time the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi and the Russian dictator Volodymyr Putin saw each other at the meeting of the leaders of the "Normandy Four" in Paris in December 2019.
Now the position of the Ukrainian president has changed. Volodymyr Zelenskyі rejects the possibility of meeting with Putin before the withdrawal of Russian troops. The head of state said that he wants to see Putin at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.