OREANDA-NEWS. The possibility of holding a referendum on Donbass, voiced by Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, is an internal matter of Ukraine, according to the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov. He added that Russia is not involved in this conflict, and it can be settled only by establishing contacts between Kiev and the self-proclaimed republics.

«Holding a referendum on Donbass is an internal matter of Ukraine. There, of course, it would be interesting to understand and know how the question for this referendum could be formulated <...> This is an internal Ukrainian conflict. And it can be settled only in a peaceful way, and by establishing direct contacts between official Kiev and representatives of the self-proclaimed republics», Peskov said.

Earlier, Vladimir Zelensky, in an interview with the 1+1 TV channel, admitted the possibility of holding a nationwide referendum on Donbass. He also announced the possibility of holding direct talks with Vladimir Putin on the settlement of the conflict in the south-east of Ukraine. According to him, this direction is supported by European and American partners.