Zelensky receives a « message » from Putin – RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

Guinea-Bissau President Umaro Mokhtar Sissoco Embalo told his Ukrainian counterpart that the Russian leader was open to discussion

Umaro Mokhtar Sissoco Embalo, the president of Guinea-Bissau, said on Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin had asked him to convey a « messageto Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky on the importance ofdirect dialoguebetween Moscow and Kyiv. Embalo made the revelation during a joint press conference with Zelensky in Kyiv, a day after his meeting with Putin.

« My dear brother, yesterday I was in Russia with the President [Vladimir] Putin, who asked me to give you a message, to talk to you, considering that a direct dialogue is very important for our future joint actions », said Embalo.

A video of the press conference was posted on Zelensky’s Telegram channel, with Embalo’s remarks translated into Ukrainian.

The President of Guinea-Bissau also revealed that he considers himself the « bearer of certain impulsesby contributing to the restoration of relations between Russia and Ukraine.

Before his meeting with Zelensky, Embalo told reporters that he had found Putin « be very open to negotiation with President Zelensky” and that he was looking forward « to transmit this good will » to the Ukrainian leader.

Zelensky, responding at the press conference to Embalo’s remarks, said that to build bridges between countries, « don’t blow up the infrastructure.” Zelensky was apparently referring to strikes on Ukrainian power plants launched by Russia on October 10 in what Moscow described as retaliation for the attack on kyiv.terrorist attack” on the Crimean Bridge. The Ukrainian leader also said that any conversation involves the respect of one country for another, starting with respect “its territorial integrity, sovereignty and borders”.

Earlier this month, Putin cited Ukraine’s refusal to talk as the reason for the lack of talks between the two countries. He also noted that during Türkiye-mediated talks in late March, Russia and Ukraine reached a preliminary agreement, but as soon as Russian troops were withdrawn from kyiv, « kyiv leaders have lost all desire to have talks. »

Putin’s remarks came shortly after Zelensky signed an executive order banning any negotiations with him and saying Ukraine will only talk to Russia when it has a different president. The Ukrainian leader has repeatedly stated that his only goal in the conflict is to defeat Russia on the battlefield and regain control of all territories that kyiv considers to be under its sovereignty.

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