Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States of hindering peace negotiations between Moscow and kyiv.
“When Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky suggested negotiations, our president (Vladimir Putin) agreed and the negotiations are underway… Some of the dialogue has improved, although there is always a feeling that the Ukrainian delegation is being taken by the hand. “, said. The Russian news agency “Interfax” summoned Lavrov on Saturday, most likely by the Americans, and he is not allowed to accept the demands, which I think are too small.”
Russia launched an attack on Ukraine on February 24, followed by the start of negotiations between the delegations of the two countries.
Moscow demands that Ukraine declare its neutrality as a country in the future, that is, renounce joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and that kyiv recognize the independence of the breakaway regions of Luhansk and Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. , and that the Crimea is part of Russia.
kyiv demands a ceasefire, the withdrawal of Russian forces and security guarantees.
It should be noted that Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula to Ukraine, by force, in 2014.
Lavrov stated that the growing tensions with the West will strengthen Russia’s relations with China.
Regarding possible future cooperation with the West, Lavrov said: “Of course, we remain open to cooperation with all countries, including Western countries, although under the conditions represented by the way the West behaves, we will not develop any initiatives “, adding that the Then the initiative must come from the west.