MOSCOW, April 30. /TASS/. Moscow has not received Kiev’s proposals on holding a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Vladimir Zelensky, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday.
The Kremlin is waiting for specific initiatives to be submitted at an official or working level, he said. "Probably, at least at the working or official level we should receive and be informed about some particular proposals," Peskov said.
"There hasn’t been anything so far - neither on the agenda nor anywhere," he noted.
The Kremlin spokesman suggested that the Ukrainian leader probably "took decisions himself and formulated them quickly." "But still, we also have certain procedures, a specific process of outlining positions on key and current issues. And certainly, it’s very hard to deal with this process at once," he noted. Therefore, a decision was made to share ideas in advance and to hold talks after formulating these positions. In his words, Moscow "is waiting for some particular proposals."
Peskov also confirmed that this contact should be established between Deputy Chief of the Russian Presidential Staff Dmitry Kozak and Zelensky’s Chief of Staff Andrei Yermak. "You and me remember President Zelensky’s words that he would order his office to contact the Russian presidential administration. This contact is between Yermak and Kozak," he said.
Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky earlier said in an interview with Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper that Vatican City could be "a perfect venue for dialogue [with Russian President Vladimir Putin] about peace in Donbass." The Holy See and Pope Francis are ready to facilitate work towards a Ukrainian settlement, and possible mediation assistance could be provided within the framework of the Minsk Group, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, told La Repubblica.
In comment on how the Kremlin viewed this mediation and whether there were some details of the meeting, Peskov answered that he could not share any particular data on that matter.