Zelensky made the offer through a social media video address [Ukrainian presidential press office via Reuters]

Ukraine‘s President Volodymyr Zelensky has proposed holding talks with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to discuss the conflict in the east and Russia‘s 2014 annexation of Crimea, ahead of Ukraine’s July 21 parliamentary vote.

Zelensky’s plan came through a social media video address on Monday evening, with the new leader suggesting that he and Putin meet in Minsk, Belarus. 

“I suggest the following line-up for talks: me, you, US President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel [and] French President Emmanuel Macron,” Zelensky said, pushing for his earlier plan to change the format of the previous Minsk talks that included only Russia, Ukraine, France

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