Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov: the agreement with Ukraine will depend on the course of hostilities The provisions of the peace treaty will be determined by the current military situation at the time of its conclusion, the Foreign Minister explained. At the same time, he expressed confidence that the current hostilities will end with such a document
The parameters of the agreement between Russia and Ukraine, which will end active hostilities, will be determined by the current military situation, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with the Big Game program. . The transcript of the interview is published on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“As in any situation where armed forces are used, of course, everything will end with a treaty, but the parameters of this treaty will be determined by the stage of hostilities at which this treaty becomes a reality.” ,— he said.
The minister also said that Russia took into account Kyiv's comments in the updated version of the agreement, but has not yet received a response. “A week ago, after another video conference, we gave them an updated version of the contract, which already took into account their subsequent comments. As it usually happens. We are waiting for a week, — he explained.
Lavrov recalled that after the meeting with the Ukrainian delegation in Istanbul, the Russian side received Kyiv's proposals on the parameters of the treaty. According to Lavrov, these were not yet the provisions of the treaty, but their “outline”. “We promptly shifted these theses to the “contractual genre”; and handed over the project to our Ukrainian colleagues. Then they presented us with their counter-ideas, which were radically different from what was done in Istanbul. Huge step back, — he commented.
In response to a question whether Ukraine had toughened its position at that moment, the Foreign Minister explained that the delegation “played back” from those positions that Moscow was ready to take as a basis.
Lavrov said last week that talks with Ukraine over a peace treaty were progressing “slowly, slowly.” In his opinion, Kyiv is showing inability to negotiate and failure, and the statements of the Ukrainian authorities “suggest that they do not need these negotiations at all and they have resigned themselves to their fate.”
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Kyiv also set a condition for concluding a peace treaty with the withdrawal of Russian troops to positions as of 23 February. At the same time, a ceasefire should be in place, humanitarian corridors should operate in a safe mode, and an exchange of prisoners and dead should be carried out.
After the withdrawal of Russian troops, Kyiv will be ready to discuss NATO membership and the status of Crimea with Moscow, Zelensky said .
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