Moscow, Russia will restore ties with Ukraine regardless of its relations with the neighboring country's elites, Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed on Thursday.

In an interview with the Mir broadcaster, Putin said Russia will restore its ties with Ukraine regardless of the way relations with elites develop. " I mean, even the political elites of the past; let us say, those who consider personal success, personal benefit and preservation of their funds, gained on the backs of Ukrainians and kept somewhere abroad," he said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy stressed on June 4, "We are ready to negotiate with Russia. We are ready to implement the Minsk agreements. However, we first must be able to protect ourselves."

Source: Jordan News Agency