Will Russia accept Ukraine's new negotiation proposal?
Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelensky has come up with a proposal to his Russia counterpart Vladimir Putin to hold a new format of peace negotiations to settle the bilateral conflict in Eastern Ukraine and Crimea.
On Monday, Zelensky published a video address to Putin, proposing to hold a meeting in Belarus' capital Minsk.
"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 and Germany.
"Let's discuss who Crimea belongs to and who isn't in the Donbass region," Zelensky said, hinting at the fact that Russia denies there are Russians fighting in Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions, collectively referred to as Donbass.
Russia has presented itself as nothing more than an intermediary. Putin has previously spoken on behalf of the rebels at international peace talks.