09 May 2021,   13:34
Putin offers Volodymyr Zelensky to meet in Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky was welcome in Moscow “any time” but stressed that he should discuss the conflict in eastern Ukraine with separatists directly.

“If we are talking about bilateral relations, then, by all means, we are ready to welcome the president of Ukraine at any time that is convenient for him”, - said Russian leader.

His invitation to Zelensky came in response to this week’s offer from the Ukrainian president for the two leaders to meet in eastern Ukraine, where an uptick in fighting between Kiev’s army and pro-Moscow separatists has raised fears of a return to full-blown war.