President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and President of Russia Vladimir Putin can hold a personal meeting as part of the Normandy Four summit in Paris on December 9.
This was stated by Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Dmytro Kuleba on the Freedom of Speech panel show on ICTV.
“President Zelensky prepares extremely well for negotiation, listens to the advice of different people and always acts reasonably. Moreover, his personal charm and sense of humor helps to settle some difficult issues in the interests of Ukraine,” said the Deputy Prime Minister.
According to Kuleba, “the Normandy Four summit is a fairly flexible format, and of course, envisage a certain protocol.”
“But it is possible to deviate the protocol if necessary,” the Deputy Prime Minister emphasized.
Kuleba added that during the Normandy Four summit Zelensky “will not help our colleagues from the Russian Federation to create any impression that he is agreeing on something with President Putin behind the backs of our allies from Germany and France, as well as behind the backs of Ukrainian people.”
Answering to a clarifying question, does he advise Zelensky to meet face-to-face with Putin, Kuleba replied: “I believe that this situation can arise spontaneously.”
At the same time, the official referred to the experience of previous meetings of Normandy Four summit:
“Remember Minsk talks and how the negotiations were held back in 2015: the formats of meeting have been changed several times, parties met one way, later met in different way. This was not planned in advance. If in order to protect the interests of Ukraine it will be necessary to hold such a meeting (Zelensky and Putin – ed.), it will be held.”