His response was to the journalists’ question when the Russia-Ukraine peace talks will start. When the video of this reached Twitter, Russian leaders also came to the scene with a reply. Their response was that Zelensky did not want Russia or Putin to exist.
First Published Jan 20, 2023, 5:59 PM IST
Davos: Ukrainian President Zelensky says he does not know for sure whether Russian President Vladimir Putin is alive. Zelensky was speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos. His response was to the question of when the Russia-Ukraine peace talks will start. After the video of this reached Twitter, Russian leaders also came to the scene with a reply. Their response was that Zelensky did not want Russia or Putin to exist.
“Today, I don’t understand exactly who and what to talk about. I’m not sure if the president of Russia, who appears only sometimes, is real. I don’t understand if he’s alive, if he’s making decisions, who’s making decisions there. After promising one thing to the European leaders. How to start a full invasion the next day against it I don’t understand. I don’t understand who we are dealing with. When we say “peace talks” – I don’t understand exactly who we are with,” Zelensky said.
Hours later, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov hit back at Zelensky. “It is clear that Russia and Putin are a big problem for Ukraine and for Zelensky. It is clear that, purely psychologically, Mr. Zelensky wishes there was no Russia or Putin. The sooner he realizes that Russia exists and will exist, that is good for a country like Ukraine,” Dmitry Peskov responded. Zelensky has retreated from public events in recent weeks. Putin also canceled his annual press conference in December.
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Last Updated Jan 20, 2023, 6:00 PM IST