Waiting for Putin in the Kazakh. Offer Zelensky

Путин ждет в Нурсултане. Предложение Зеленскому

Former President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev invited presidents of Ukraine and Russia meet tet-a-tet in Kazakhstan.


Ukraine has pulled troops at three sites along the front line in the Donbass, and the promised meeting in the Normandy format still can not prescribed. But not the Normandy one. To see Vladimir Putin without the representatives of France and Germany Vladimir Zelensky proposed by the former President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev. Where to meet? Of course, in Astana, Nursultan rather already. Zelensky, allegedly agreed, but now in Kiev saying it was a diplomatic step without specifics.

So where to wait for Zelensky and Putin?

Nazarbayev’s Proposal

That Zelensky and Putin’s name on the face in Kazakhstan, told the author of this idea Nursultan Nazarbayev.

“I think we need a separate personal meeting between the Russian President and the President of Ukraine. I was talking about the fact that if such a tete-a-tete to discuss all the issues. I think now is the time good”, – said Nazarbayev.

Nazarbayev met with Vladimir Zelensky in October in Japan. Yesterday he held a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“I already agreed Zelensky on tete-a-tete. This was announced by the President of Russia. If neutral ground is needed, I suggested that Kazakhstan”, – said the former President.

This is not the first attempt by Nazarbayev to act as peacemaker between Russia and Ukraine. He had previously tried to settle with Putin Poroshenko, but it didn’t work out.

Not understood correctly

The Minister of foreign Affairs Vadym Prystayko acknowledged that Nazarbayev’s proposal Zelensky was, but it was a proposal without specifics.

“The President (Zelensky) said what he said and Merkel, and Macron that “of course, I have to meet with Putin because we can’t do without meetings to move the process forward”. That is what we will do this meeting, this conversation was not,” said Pristayko.

The Minister argues that Nazarbayev’s proposal was purely diplomatic in nature.

“If you need help, I am willing to help. Zelensky response was: “Thanks, we need all the help, let’s meet,” – said the Minister.

Answering a question whether meeting Zelensky and Putin tete-a-tete out of the Normandy format, the foreign Minister said, “I’m the same as you, this morning I heard that such a meeting is possible”.

According to him, the discussion should be confirmation from the Russian side.

“Then we will make the decision. But we remain in the Normandy format. We don’t just respect what was done, but, let’s not forget that France and Germany are the forces that allow us to negotiate from a slightly different position than when we say, tete-a-tete”, – he concluded.

Russia’s Reaction

The Kremlin also say that not giving up any prospects, but they need to seriously prepare.

“Of course, Putin himself said that he never refuses from these meetings and from this meeting either, but believes that the meeting for the meeting would be of little use, it needs to be well prepared. In this regard, currently we all focus on the process towards the “Normandy format”, – said the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov.

Sands expressed his appreciation to the first President of Kazakhstan gave a high assessment to the efforts of the Kazakhstan partners “in the development of Russian-Ukrainian relations”.

Speaking about the preparations for the summit in “Norman format,” he emphasized that in the Kremlin “welcome and appreciate” the breeding of the forces coming in the Gold and Petrovsky on the contact line between DPR/LNR and Kiev. “We believe that the implementation of the commitments should be continued, what will be a very important element in the preparation of the meeting in the “Normandy format,” Peskov said.

So Normandy what?

Meanwhile, a meeting in the Normandy format still to be agreed. The media has floated specific dates – 24 or November 26. On the eve of German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called Russian President to discuss the situation in Eastern Ukraine and meeting in “Norman format”. 19 Oct Merkel have called Putin to discuss the meeting in the “Norman format.” And in early October, she spoke on the same subject with the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky. Merkel and Zelensky, according to the representative of the German government, agreed that the conditions for its implementation are fulfilled.

The Chairman of the faction servant of the people in Parliament, David Arakhamiya considers that the meeting in Normandy format will be held this year until December 20.

“Yes. A couple of days to finalize breeding. My prediction – until December 20, the meeting will happen,” he said.