Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he is ready to meet with his Russian counterpart, President Vladimir Putin, but noted that a conversation between the two would have to be "serious."
“I'm not afraid of any format of the meeting bilateral, OK, I don't care, I'm ready,” Zelensky said in news conference with foreign journalists on Friday. “I mean, it has to be serious. People don't understand the value of the human life and that's what it's about. I do support serious dialogue.”
Tensions between Ukraine and Russia are at their highest in years, with a buildup of Russian troops continuing near the border between the two countries.
Zelensky said earlier to journalists that he recognized the threat from Russia was “imminent” and “constant,” but added that his country as learned to live with it.