Trump distances himself from Giuliani's Ukraine efforts
The president was asked by Bill O'Reilly about Giuliani's efforts in Ukraine on Mr. Trump's behalf. He replied, "I don't even know.""Well, you have to ask that to Rudy, but Rudy, I don't, I don't even know," said Mr. Trump. "I know he was going to go to Ukraine, and I think he canceled a trip," the president continued. "But, you know, Rudy has other clients, other than me. I'm one person.
MOSCOW — The presidents of Russia and Ukraine will meet in Paris next month for long-anticipated talks that could change the contours of the five-year-old conflict in eastern Ukraine whose repercussions have spread worldwide. The talks , scheduled for Dec.
Zelensky : First off, I would never want Ukraine to be a piece on the map, on the chess board of big global players, so that someone could toss us around Interviewer: Trump and Putin ? Zelensky : Look, I never talked to the President from the position of a quid pro quo. That's not my thing.
The leaders of Russia and Ukraine will meet on Monday for talks on the conflict in east Ukraine, in what could be a step forward in ending Europe's only active war.
The summit in Paris will mark the first time Russia's Vladimir Putin meets face-to-face with Ukraine's new comedian-turned-president, Volodymyr Zelensky.
Few are expecting an immediate breakthrough, but Zelensky's election this year and a recent easing of tensions have raised hopes of resolving the five-year conflict.
She wore the Russian flag. He had Ukraine’s. Some people loved the photo and others were aghast.
An Instagram post of the couple is having a moment before Ukraine’s president hold first meeting with Putin.She is Russian. Her fiance is Ukrainian. They borrowed the flags for their respective nations and asked someone to snap a photo of them together after the concert in Warsaw by Belarusan rapper Max Korzh.
Kiev (AFP) – Ukraine ’s recently elected President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday offered to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for their first talks , calling “Russia has a particular responsibility in this regard,” Tusk told reporters at a joint press conference with Juncker and Zelensky in Kiev.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine 's new president Volodymyr Zelensky discussed the conflict in eastern Ukraine in their first telephone conversation, the He suggested that the US and Britain should also be included in peace talks on the conflict that currently involves Germany, France
French President Emmanuel Macron, who will mediate along with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, pushed hard for the talks and they will be a test of his efforts to reset Europe's ties with Moscow.
Speaking to reporters in Kiev this week, Zelensky played down expectations but said it was "very important" the summit was taking place at all.
"Honestly, I don't know whether we will succeed or not, but the first victory is that we are meeting," he said.
Since it broke out in 2014, the conflict between Kiev and Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine has killed more than 13,000 people, forced more than a million from their homes and battered the country's economy.
It has also deeply strained ties between Russia and the West, with the United States and European Union imposing sweeping sanctions on Moscow over its annexation of Crimea and support for the separatists.
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Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelensky is caught between a crumbling U.S. alliance and a hostile Russia.Long enough in the case of Volodymyr Zelensky, the comedian elected President of Ukraine, to go from the set of his sitcom in Kyiv to the biggest political drama in the world, the one in which an American President may wind up getting impeached.
While the peace effort has received less notice, it is undoubtedly the more politically treacherous of In the peace talks , scheduled for Monday in Paris, most analysts see Russia seeking at a minimum to By distancing himself from Mr. Zelensky in the negotiations, as stressed by many of the security
Volodymyr Zelensky , Ukraine ’s new president, has suggested that Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump should join expanded talks aimed at ending a Addressing the Russian president in a video address as he prepared to hold a one -day EU- Ukraine summit in Kiev, Mr Zelensky , a political newcomer who
Monday's talks will be the first in three years under the so-called Normandy format, which aims to put in place accords agreed in Minsk by Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany in February 2015.
The Minsk accords called for a ceasefire, the withdrawal of heavy weapons, the restoration of Kiev's control over its borders, the granting of wider autonomy to separatist-controlled territory and the holding of local elections
But the deal was never implemented and talks stalled under Zelensky's predecessor Petro Poroshenko.
Since coming to power in May after a shock election win, Zelensky has overseen a series of steps to reduce tensions, including a historic exchange of 70 prisoners with Russia, the withdrawal of some frontline forces and the return of Ukrainian ships seized by Moscow last year.
The Kremlin has sent signals that it is ready to work with Zelensky, who Putin has described as "likeable" and "sincere".
After years of war, will Ukraine's Zelenskiy and Russia's Putin give peace a chance?
A breakthrough in talks would lead to an end of the war in eastern Ukraine, which has claimed more than 13,000 lives since it began six years ago.A breakthrough would lead to an end of the war in eastern Ukraine, which has claimed more than 13,000 lives since it began almost six years ago.
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky denied discussing a quid pro quo with President Donald Trump and criticized Trump's rhetoric about Ukrainian corruption in an interview published Monday. "Look, I never talked to the president from the position of a quid pro quo. That’s not my thing," Zelensky said.
Volodymyr Zelensky , a former comedian, appeals to Russian speakers his predecessor could never reach. Volodymyr Zelensky , once a comedian, won Ukraine ’s presidential election after playing an unlikely president on TV. Some of his shows also aired in Russia.Credit Stepan Franko/EPA, via
Zelensky has said he will be pushing on three points at the talks: another exchange of prisoners -- preferably before the New Year, the implementation of a ceasefire and the disbanding of all "illegal" armed groups on Ukrainian territory.
Putin has been less forthcoming about his intentions, but Moscow will likely seek guarantees on the status of the separatist-held territories of Donetsk and Lugansk and the conduct of elections.
The Russian leader will also be looking to hear from France and Germany about the possibility of easing sanctions that have hit his country's economy.
The issue of Russian gas transiting through Ukraine to Europe might come up as well, ahead of a late December deadline to avoid a cut off.
Zelensky will have to tread carefully. Led by nationalists and war veterans, a series of protests have broken out in Kiev in recent weeks warning against any "capitulation" to Russia.
And he may have lost a key ally in the United States, as longstanding bipartisan American support for Kiev is called into question by Donald Trump's impeachment scandal.
Macron will be anxious for progress in the negotiations, having spearheaded a drive for the talks and launched an effort to reopen a dialogue with Moscow.
He first mooted a summit at a meeting with Putin in the south of France in August and has since spoken repeatedly with the Russian leader by phone.
Mark Galeotti, an associate fellow with RUSI in London, said it was unlikely there would be concrete progress at the talks, but that they were nonetheless crucial.
"It's important because it represents potential for a change in the mood music, it's a first step," Galeotti said.
"The Russians are actually making quite a lot of noises suggesting they are much more willing to negotiate than in the past... There has been a meaningful shift."
Russia's top diplomat opens US talks amid impeachment .
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday opened a visit to Washington in which he will meet Donald Trump, the very day when Democrats unveiled impeachment charges against the president. The impeachment inquiry is linked to the war, with House Democrats unveiling charges that Trump abuses his power and obstructed Congress. The White House delayed nearly $400 million in military aid sought by Ukraine to fight the separatists as Trump asked Zelensky to announce an investigation into Joe Biden, a leading Democratic candidate seeking to challenge him in 2020 elections.