The president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, did not rule out on Friday the possibility that the current conflict between Kiev and Moscow could lead to a full-scale war between Russia and Ukraine. Zelensky said a full-scale war with Russia “would be the worst thing that can happen,” but reiterated that it is, “unfortunately, a possibility.”
“I think that would be Russia’s biggest mistake” said in its interview
The Ukrainian leader said he would like to meet with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in the framework of a new meeting of the Normandy format for the settlement in eastern Ukraine.
At the same time, he was confident that such an appointment, if it comes to place, will be more “substantial” than the previous meeting in December 2019. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Friday said about Zelensky’s words for the possibility of war between the two countries, adding that he would prefer not to comment on “apocalyptic” scenarios.
The Normandy Format consists of Russia, Ukraine, France, and Germany, and the Contact Group for Ukraine, Russia, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The conflict in Donbas between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian militias erupted in spring 2014 and has since claimed the lives of more than 14,000 people.