The Russian government has reacted to Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s remark that “Putin is nobody to me.”
In a recent interview with Sky News, published on Thursday, January 26, Zelensky stated that following the full-scale invasion, Russia’s Vladimir Putin is “nobody” to him and that he has no interest in meeting with him.
“It is not interesting for me,” he said about a potential face-to-face meeting with Putin.
“Not interesting to meet, not interesting to speak. Why? Because we had meeting with him in Normandy Format, it was before the full-scale invasion. I saw the man who said one thing and then did another.”
Zelensky and Putin first met during the Normandy Format summit in December 2019, seven months after Zelensky became president.
The Normandy Format was launched in 2014 to find a peaceful resolution to the War in Ukraine’s Donbas and the Russian annexation of Crimea.
Ending the war was also one of Zelensky’s main campaign promises during the presidential election in 2019. All parties (Russia, Ukraine, France, Germany) agreed on the need for peace and the implementation of the political provisions of the Minsk agreements.
However, Russia’s promises were short lived, as Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022
Responding to Zelensky on Thursday, Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Kremlin said Zelenskyy is no match for l Vladimir Putin.
In answer to a query regarding Zelenskyy’s statement that he is “not interested” in seeing the Russian president for peace talks, Peskov made his remarks.
“We know with what promises Zelenskyy was elected president, it is absolutely not difficult to remember them ourselves and remind those voters who voted for him in Ukraine,” Peskov told journalists during a daily press call.
“He did not solve the problem of Donbass (Donbas in Ukrainian), he did not fulfil the Minsk agreements, moreover, as it turned out, he was not going to fulfil them, he was preparing for war,” he said.
“Therefore, let’s put it this way, he himself has long ceased to be a possible opponent for Putin,” Peskov continued.
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“For me #Putin is nobody,”says Zelensky.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr #Zelensky branded Vladimir Putin a “nobody” as he suggested that it was too late for face-to-face talks with the #Russian leader to make any difference, according to an interview on Wednesday. #Kyiv pic.twitter.com/Pj4gEZK5AF
— 凤凰欧洲 PhoenixCNE News (@PhoenixCNE_News) January 26, 2023