Lavrov: Russia will not take the first steps towards negotiations with the West on Ukraine The Minister noted that Russia does not refuse negotiations on Ukraine, but does not intend to take the first steps. According to him, back in 2014 the West “destroyed the branched architecture of our relations” and cut off all contacts .jpg 673w” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >
Russia does not refuse negotiations on the situation around Ukraine, but will not take the first steps for such negotiations with the West. This was stated at a press conference at the UN headquarters by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
“We do not refuse negotiations. And when appropriate proposals come in, we do not refuse. Want our partners “quietly” meet so that no one knows about it, & mdash; please. Talking is always better than not talking. But in the situation in which we are now, Russia simply will not take any first steps, — he said.
According to the minister, “everything was destroyed back in 2014, when the European Union stopped all contacts, destroyed the branched architecture of our relations.” “If they contact us, we will see. But we will not contact them. We concluded for ourselves: they are absolutely incapable of negotiating, — Lavrov pointed out.
At the same time, the head of the Foreign Ministry stressed that the longer Kyiv refuses to negotiate, the more difficult it will be to negotiate. “The last thing that happened in terms of contacts with Ukrainians” this is our agreement with their paper on the principles of the settlement. After that, they went in a completely different direction,»,— he concluded.
Russia has been conducting a special operation in Ukraine since February 24. Moscow called its goals the protection of the population and the “complete liberation” of Donbass, as well as ensuring the security of Russia. Under the control of Russian troops are the Kherson region, part of the Zaporozhye region and Kharkov. On September 23, in the territories controlled by Russia, as well as in the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, referendums on joining Russia started.
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Since the end of February, Moscow and Kyiv have been negotiating a settlement, but in May they were completely suspended. Russia blamed Ukraine and Western countries for this, and also declared its readiness to resume dialogue. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky called the return of all lost territories after February 24 as a condition for negotiations. He also said that dialogue would become impossible if referenda were held in Russian-controlled territories.
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