Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky could meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Crimea only if Russia ceases its occupation of the Ukrainian peninsula.

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"A meeting between Zelensky and Putin in Crimea is possible, but only on one condition: it will take place at the ceremony of raising the Ukrainian flag in Crimea and removing the Russian one," he told a briefing, responding to a question about rumors regarding the possible meeting of the two leaders, the Ukrainian online newspaper Ukrayinska Pravda wrote on July 21.

Earlier, Zelensky explained why direct talks Putin were needed.