When asked whether a Turkish-mediated meeting is planned between Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitriy Peskov replied:
“Despite Turkey’s intense efforts to achieve peace, the Ukrainian side did not do its homework in the previous negotiations and disappeared from the radar. It is not possible to hold a meeting between Putin and Zelensky under these conditions.”
Revealing Moscow’s view on the possibility of holding a referendum on Russia’s accession to Russia in the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions of Ukraine, as well as in Crimea and Donbas, Peskov said, “Russia does not hold a referendum there. “The people of Zaparozhye want to hold a referendum to be included in Russia,” he said. Anton Koltsov, who was appointed by the Russians as the administrator of the occupied Zaparojye region at the time the Kremlin made this statement, signed the instruction to hold a referendum on accession to Russia in September.