Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said a dialogue with Russia will begin during the Normandy Four summit, scheduled to be held in Paris December 9.
In this way, Zelensky has commented on the recent statement by Ukrainian businessman Ihor Kolomoisky on rapprochement with Russia.
"As for Mr. Kolomoisky. You said he supported me. I was supported by 73% of Ukrainians. If Mr. Kolomoisky was among them, I'm very glad. Mr. Kolomoisky is not president of Ukraine, he is a citizen of Ukraine, but most Ukrainian citizens have chosen European integration and a course toward the EU. It is the people of Ukraine who choose where we should go. We have a very difficult situation with Russia. We have launched a dialogue which will begin during the Normandy Four summit," Zelensky said at a joint press conference with Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid in Tallinn, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
As reported earlier, an interview with Kolomoisky was published in The New York Times on November 13, in which the businessman made a number of resonating statements. In particular, in his opinion, Ukraine needs to restore ties with Russia to ensure economic growth, "You all [the EU and NATO] won't take us [Ukraine]," [the United States just uses Ukraine to wage] war against Russia… to the last Ukrainian."