kyiv’s plan to settle conflict with Moscow is a failure, says Russian Foreign Minister
Russia is not about to engage with Ukraine on the basis of the “peace formula” proposed by President Vladimir Zelensky, because it finds the conditions unacceptable, Foreign Minister Sergei said on Thursday. Lavrov, however reiterating that Moscow has not refused to start talks. in general.
Speaking to RIA Novosti, the Foreign Minister said that “Obviously kyiv is not ready for dialogue.”
“By offering all sorts of ideas and ‘peace formulas’, Zelensky harbors the illusion that with the help of the West he will be able to secure the withdrawal of our troops from Russian territory from the regions of Donbass, Crimea , Zaporozhye and Kherson. , the payment of reparations by Russia, [and] that he would “surrender to international tribunals”, etc. said Lavrov. He added that Moscow “will not speak to anyone under such conditions.”
However, the minister went on to say that Moscow has not refused to resolve the conflict through negotiations, pointing to previous rounds of talks with Kyiv.
“Immediately after the start of the special military operation, Vladimir Zelensky offered to sit down at the negotiating table. We did not refuse him and agreed to a meeting with his representatives. Lavrov said, adding that the talks have shown that finding a compromise is not an impossible task.
However, the diplomatic process which began in February “demonstrated Zelensky’s complete lack of independence in making important decisions”, said Lavrov. “Already in April, at the request of the Anglo-Saxons, interested in the continuation of hostilities, he quickly completed the negotiations and strongly hardened his position.”
Earlier this month, Zelensky floated the idea of a UN-sponsored program “World Summit for Peace”, will take place in February 2023, with a score of ten points “formula of peace”. The plan includes the withdrawal of Russian troops from all territories claimed by Ukraine and the restoration of the “territorial integrity.” Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba, however, said that before talks can begin, Moscow must face a “international court” and be prosecuted for alleged war crimes.
On Wednesday, Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov claimed the plan ignored the reality on the ground. He was referring to referendum results in the people’s republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, which, along with Kherson and Zaporozhye regions, voted overwhelmingly to join Russia this fall. Crimea did the same in 2014 after the Maidan coup in Kyiv.