Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “would prefer that neither Russia nor (Vladimir) Putin exist,” according to Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov, after Zelensky said Thursday that he was unsure if the Russian president "is alive."
It is clear that both Russia and Putin are a big problem for today's Ukraine and Zelensky. Purely psychologically, Zelensky would prefer that neither Russia nor Putin exist,” Peskov said during a regular call with journalists on Thursday.
“The sooner the Ukrainian regime shows readiness to take into account the demands of Russia – which will be achieved one way or another – the sooner everything will end and the sooner the people of Ukraine will begin to recover from the tragedy that the Kyiv regime staged," Peskov claimed.
Earlier Thursday, Zelensky told attendees at Davos that he doesn't "understand who to talk to" on the Russian side in response to a question about the possibility of peace talks.
"I do not quite understand whether he (Putin) is alive or whether he makes decisions, or who is making decisions," he said.
"I don't quite understand how you can promise the European leaders one thing and start a war the next day," Zelensky added.