Foreign Minister Lavrov doubted whether Ukraine would be allowed to return to the diplomatic process
MOSCOW, June 23 – RIA Novosti. When Kyiv wants to continue negotiations with Russia, Moscow will move from the situation “on the ground” and take into account the reluctance of a number of liberated territories to return to the control of the Kyiv authorities, declaration Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
“We will gladly accept the invitation of the President of Belarus to meet on the territory of Belarus. But I do not even think about it. Now I do not see an opportunity that the Ukrainian side can offer, but we will not” We offer everything ourselves. “I see the possibility that they will be allowed to take advantage of a return to the negotiation procedure,” he said.
The Russian-Ukrainian consultations began at the end of February: delegations held two face-to-face meetings in Belarus, after which it was decided to continue daily via video link. At the end of March, another round of negotiations was held in Istanbul, as a result of which Kyiv submitted written proposals for a future agreement.
In response, Russia went to Ukraine and significantly reduced hostilities in the Kyiv and Chernigov directions. In addition, Moscow offered to hold a meeting between Putin and Zelensky at the same time that the agreement was initialed by the foreign ministers.
But then Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Ukraine rejected its own proposals to slow down the negotiation process, creating numerous provocations. The official representative of the ministry, Maria Zakharova, stated that Kiev has interrupted the negotiations and has not yet responded to Russia’s proposals for the draft agreement text dated April 15. On May 14, Vladimir Putin, in a meeting with Finnish President Sauli Niiniste, said that negotiations with Ukraine were actually suspended.
Russia launched a special operation in Ukraine on February 24. President Vladimir Putin described his goal as “protecting people who have been subjected to genocide by the Kyiv regime for eight years.” According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the main tasks of the first stage have already been completed – the combat potential of Ukraine has been significantly reduced. The main goal in the Russian military department was called the liberation of Donbass.
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