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Zelensky should not meet with Putin 'face to face', warns adviser

April 24, 9:52 UTC+3 KIEV

According to the adviser, Zelensky’s talks with the Russian leader should involve representatives of the United States and the United Kingdom

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Vladimir Zelensky

Vladimir Zelensky

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KIEV, April 24. /TASS/. Ukraine’s President-Elect Vladimir Zelensky should hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin only with the mediation of Western countries, his military adviser on security and defense issues Ivan Aparshin said on Wednesday.

"I would not recommend the Ukrainian president to meet face to face with Putin," Aparshin told ZIK TV channel, noting that Zelensky’s talks with the Russian leader should involve representatives of the United States and the United Kingdom.

"We cannot be one-on-one with Russia because then we won’t solve this problem," he noted.

Zelensky should not hold talks with representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, he stressed. "I will never back the idea that the new Ukrainian leader should sit down at the negotiating table with the so-called LPR and DPR."

According to the adviser, Zelensky seeks to resolve the crisis in Donbass, but on terms, which will be beneficial for Ukraine.

The leader of the Servant of the People political party, showman Vladimir Zelensky, won a landslide victory in the April 21 runoff presidential election, securing more than 73% of the vote. The new president is due to be sworn in by May 31.

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