Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has invited Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin to meet him amid tensions with Russia along the border, one of his top advisers said on Friday.
“We are still waiting for the response from the Russian side, but our American partners have received our proposal with some interest,” Ukrainian presidential administration chief Andriy Iermak told an event organized by the American think tank Atlantic. Council.
Kiev proposed that the meeting be held virtually.
“I think it is a proactive position, involving Ukraine in the negotiation. If it is about discussing the security architecture in Europe, it is necessary to involve Ukraine,” Iermak added. .
Officials from Washington and Moscow met in Geneva, Switzerland, earlier this week to discuss security, followed by talks between Russia and NATO.
Ukraine and the European Union have denounced the fact that they were not invited to participate in the Washington-Moscow summit, arguing that any discussion on Ukrainian and European security should involve them.
Russia has amassed tens of thousands of troops and military equipment along the border with Ukraine, stoking fears that Moscow may be ready to invade.
Moscow denied this but demanded guarantees that NATO would not expand further east by barring Ukraine and Georgia from membership. The United States and its European allies have rejected the request, stressing that sovereign states have the right to decide their security alliances.
High-level meetings this week have so far failed to rule out a new conflict in Ukraine.
Tensions between the two neighboring countries have been high since conflict erupted in eastern Ukraine in 2014 between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists and the illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula.
A ceasefire was negotiated through the Normandy format which involved France and Germany, but episodes of violent confrontation have since regularly taken place.
Zelensky also called on Tuesday for a new quadripartite summit with Moscow, Paris and Berlin to “end the conflict” with pro-Russian separatists in his country’s east.