Putin Meets With Ukraine's Zelensky for the First Time

Tuesday, 10 Dec, 2019

Much has changed since then.

They are hoping that 'Zelenskiy doesn't make excessive concessions to Putin.

He said Zelenskiy doesn't grasp that the Russian leader will never compromise over the conflict in eastern Ukraine because "for Putin, compromise is a defeat".

Among those demonstrating were far-right nationalists from the Svoboda party. With this mandate from the Ukrainian public, Zelensky has been able to take the first steps in easing tensions with Moscow.

Ukrainian suspicions that the West cares more about doing business with Russian Federation than Ukraine's sovereignty go back to when the former Soviet republic declared its independence in 1991.

But Zelensky's overtures toward Moscow have not been popular with everyone.

Ukraine and Russian Federation already struck a prisoner exchange deal in September. He has also called on those who do not accept eastern Ukraine as part of the country to leave.

This backlash has convinced many in Moscow that while Zelensky may have good intentions, he lacks the political leverage to pursue a detente with Russian Federation.

Zelensky's spokeswoman Iulia Mendel on Sunday denounced what she called the "scepticism and fear leading people to demonstrate against a fictitious capitulation".

He suggested that Trump would be happy if Zelensky yielded to Putin, while the United States president's critics would watch the Ukrainian leader for any signs of "capitulation".

"What is my relationship with Zelensky? All I've seen is press reports that no one has validated".

Asked by another senator if Giuliani remained involved in Ukraine diplomacy, Hale replied, "Not that I'm aware of". We spoke over the phone. "I don't think this is fake news".

"That does not serve our interests", Hale said. "It happened before, but now they have found a new justification which they believe to be serious", Putin said.

Sergey Korsunsky, a Ukrainian official from the diplomatic academy of the Ministry of International Affairs, said in an interview that the talks offered Zelensky "a moment of truth", and his first chance to evaluate whether Putin was willing to reach a peace deal. "Friends, we can not make any concessions to Putin until the last sliver of Ukrainian land is free", Poroshenko said at the rally.

Against the backdrop of the political game among great powers, the prospect for resolving the Russia-Ukraine conflict at the summit is gloomy.

Even more alarming for Moscow are recent signals from Kyiv that the Zelensky administration could walk away from the Minsk agreements. By late October, the Ukrainians and separatists had disengaged from Zolote and early in November they pulled back from Petrivske.

Zelensky and Putin are holding talks together with the leaders of France and Germany in a renewed effort to end a conflict that has killed more than 13,000 people since 2014.

Ukraine's new president has said he believes an worldwide summit next week will help achieve a lasting cease-fire in the country's separatist conflict.

In addition, the U.S.' withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and plan to withdraw from the Treaty on Open Skies threaten the strategic stability between European countries and Russian Federation, and exacerbate the deterrent confrontation between NATO and Russian Federation. -Russian relations at the National Research University Higher School of Economics.

"Russia was very aggressive and they are much more sophisticated, but the fact that Russian Federation was so aggressive does not exclude the fact that President (Petro) Poroshenko worked actively for Secretary Clinton", said Senator John Kennedy, Republican for La- R. Sunday in "Meet the Press". The document was signed after a series of defeats for Ukrainian forces and envisaged broad autonomy for the rebel-held regions and a sweeping amnesty for the separatists.