Published: Tue, July 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Ukraine's Zelensky calls for Putin and Trump to join peace talks

Ukraine's Zelensky calls for Putin and Trump to join peace talks

Zelenskiy suggested Minsk as the venue for the meeting, stressing that it would not bypass or override the previously agreed-upon but largely ignored Minsk Accords of 2015, which were supposed to lay out a road map for resolving the conflict between Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists in the Donbas region.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko supports Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky's proposal to organize an global meeting of leaders of Ukraine, Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and France in Minsk, the Belarusian leader's press service said in a statement issued on Monday. "We are suggesting talks", Zelenskiy said. The conflict has killed more than 13,000 people, according to United Nations estimates.

"Unfortunately, we've really not heard much news from Russian Federation". Putin has previously spoken on behalf of the rebels at worldwide peace talks.

European Union leaders Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker pledged support and financial assistance to conflict-riven Ukraine during a visit to Kiev on Monday while urging Russian Federation to do more to bring peace to the Donbass region.

"I'm not ready to answer now, this is an absolutely new format".

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"This is a new initiative, and certainly, it will be considered, but now I can not give any response", he said, although he went on to criticize the notion of including President Trump as a mediator because the United States is not a party to the Minsk Accords. "Certainly it will be considered, but I can not give any response now", Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, was quoted as saying by Russian state news agency TASS.

"Today we signed agreements for new projects worth €119m to further boost Ukraine's reform efforts". In June, French President Emmanuel Macron said new talks could be possible.

"You can not look at each other through gun sights".

The final declaration of the summit also did not address the problem of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, Poroshenko said. "It will be hard to resolve this issue without the Americans, they are too immersed in these processes", the press service stated.

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