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26 Apr, 2022 13:33

Russia explains why Ukraine peace talks may fail

‘Pumping’ Kiev with weaponry unlikely to contribute to progress, Sergey Lavrov said
Russia explains why Ukraine peace talks may fail

Should the West's large scale supply of armaments to Ukraine with weaponry continue, negotiations between Moscow and Kiev are destined to fail, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned on Tuesday. The top diplomat made the remarks during a press conference following talks with the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in Moscow.

“If [the pumping of Ukraine with weapons] continues, of course, the negotiations will hardly have any result, but I repeat once again, we are committed to a negotiated solution, we are also committed to ceasefires, which we are staging daily, declaring humanitarian corridors,” Lavrov said.

While Kiev initially demonstrated a readiness to negotiate after Russia launched its military offensive two months ago, the subsequent behavior of its officials suggests they are “not that interested in talks,” Lavrov added.

“But how the Ukrainian delegation behaved at the talks, how President [Volodymyr] Zelensky himself behaved, refusing to confirm that they received our new proposals a week ago, I spoke about this more than once, this, of course, is disappointing,” the diplomat went on.

Russia attacked its neighbor following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The German and French brokered Minsk Protocols were designed to give the breakaway regions special status within the Ukrainian state.

The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked and has denied claims it was planning to retake the two republics by force.