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Zelensky ready to meet with Putin — Ukrainian president’s press secretary

Vladimir Zelensky said on Monday he had also had a telephone conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

KIEV, May 31. /TASS/. Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky is ready to accept Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s initiative to organize his meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian news portal Vesti said on Tuesday, citing Ukrainian presidential spokesman Sergey Nikiforov.

Vesti said it had contacted Nikoforov, who said that "it is too early to speak about formats of the meeting." In his words, it is about "a consent in principle for such a meeting."

Zelensky said on Monday he had had a telephone conversation with Erdogan. According to the Turkish presidential office, Erdogan told his Ukrainian counterpart that Turkey was ready to continue mediatory efforts between Russia and Ukraine.

During a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier on Monday, Erdogan voiced an initiative to organize a meeting involving Russia, Ukraine and the United Nations in Istanbul.