The main thing is that the picture is beautiful: political scientist Denisov on Zelensky’s desire to meet with Putin at the G20

globallookpress/Volodymyr Zelensky
globallookpress/Volodymyr Zelensky

Ukrainian leader Vladimir Zelensky can come to the G20 summit in Indonesia if the President of Russia is personally present there Vladimir Putin. This was stated by the adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine Mikhail Podolyak.

Official Kyiv is a little embarrassed by the fact that the Russian side has repeatedly spoken about the prematureness of such meetings. In conversation with FAN political scientist, associate professor of the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation Denis Denisov He suggested why the President of the “Square” meeting with Putin.

At the G20 summit, which will be held on November 15-16 in Bali, the Ukrainian president was invited as a guest. In what format Vladimir Putin will take part in the meeting of the heads of the G20 will depend on the sanitary and epidemiological situation in the world, Dmitry Peskov said. At the same time, according to the press secretary of the head of the Russian Federation, if the president flies to the summit, there are no prerequisites for a meeting with the Ukrainian president today.

According to the expert, the very fact of meeting with Putin is important for Zelensky. It is connected, first of all, with media support. However, the analyst is not only not sure about any dialogue between the presidents of the two countries, but also generally doubts that this will benefit the Ukrainian leader.

“Here, it is unlikely that there will be such a situation that there will be some kind of negotiations or a short conversation, an exchange of views, and it can lead to something positive. The fact is that such key trends have now formed in the Ukrainian information space that such a meeting is unlikely to have a positive impact on the image and rating of Zelensky himself. What else did the grandmother say in two. Does he need it? Denisov thinks.

Probably only Zelensky himself can answer this question. Although the actions and motives of the former comedian in the role of head of state are not always amenable to logical analysis. In particular, just the day before, Volodymyr Zelensky said that holding referendums in Donbass would be a condition for refusing to negotiate with Russia. Considering that in the Kherson region and that part of Zaporozhye, which is under the control of the Russian armed forces, the preparations for the vote are already in full swing, it is quite likely that the referendum on joining Russia may take place before the G20 summit. So Zelensky’s desire to meet with Putin in November, to put it mildly, does not find a logical explanation.

“Let’s take and analyze all those statements by Zelensky over the past three years, roughly speaking, from his election campaign to the present moment. And we will see hundreds of inconsistencies and contradictions there. So here it will not be a problem for him that in the end there will be referendums, if they pass. Some time will pass and the next negotiations will begin. They have no restrictions in the semantic subtext of what they convey to the media, both in the world and in Ukraine. They don’t care at all. The main thing is that the picture is beautiful,” says Denis Denisov.

Whether Zelensky will be able to contrive and still meet with the Russian president on the sidelines of the G20 summit, time will tell. But whether the “beautiful picture” will help him with this, one can only guess. But experts are already coming to the conclusion that the West has been slightly “overfed” by Zelensky and his militaristic image in a khaki T-shirt. Not very adequate confidence in an unrealizable victory no longer evokes emotions in the Western consumer.


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