Zelensky, Trump to have hour-long meeting in New York – FM Prystaiko

16:20, 23 September 2019
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"Of course, there will be a meeting with Trump, we have time for this, and it will not be a field meeting, a handshake. Both presidents found time. This is the first trip to the UN for President Zelensky; he will participate in the UN General Assembly for the first time," he said in an interview with Hromadske.

"At the same time, [there will be] an hour-long meeting, during which, first of all, we set ourselves the task of setting up contact. President Zelensky spoke [with U.S. President Donald Trump] over the phone twice, but we understand how important it is to have direct contact between the two leaders," the minister said.

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"Unfortunately or fortunately, the systems are built in such a way that leaders play a major role in diplomacy and in general in relations between countries. If there isnormal understanding and we manage to explain to each other what we expect, how we see the development of bilateral relations, and in general Ukraine's survival in the war – these are the main tasks," Prystaiko said.

"I cannot tell you all the tasks, but believe me, there is a whole list of issues that we will go through with the United States. Some are issues, some are just business ideas. For example, we need energy security. This is one of the key tasks of our national security. This is one of the topics that the presidents will definitely discuss," the minister added.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on September 23-26 will be on a working visit to the United States to participate in the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, during which he is to hold a series of bilateral meetings with foreign leaders, namely U.S. President Donald Trump.

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