Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said today that President Vladimir Putin would sign a decree restricting the entry of citizens of “unfriendly states” into Russia in response to Western sanctions.
These are countries such as the United States, Canada, the European Union (including Bulgaria), Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and others.
Russia is not interested in mediating the West in negotiations to resolve the situation in Ukraine, Lavrov added.
“Now we are being told – give diplomacy a chance. Well, of course, we want to give diplomacy a chance, so we agreed to the talks, which are now resumed in Istanbul,” Lavrov said in an interview with Serbian media. by Interfax.
“But I have given you examples, and there are many more examples where the achievements of diplomacy have been destroyed by our Western colleagues. Now you cannot trust them. And I would not like to see any (diplomatic) shuttles from our Western colleagues because they have already sent their diplomats to Ukraine in February this year and to Minsk in February 2015, ”the minister said.
Denazification and demilitarization are mandatory elements for Russia in future agreements with Ukraine, Lavrov said.
According to him, currently representatives of nationalist battalions of Ukraine “in practice master the Nazi methods of warfare.”
“If you have now seen how the Ukrainian Nazis from the Azov or Aidar battalions treat Russian prisoners of war, I think you will understand everything,” the minister said.
There are no confirmations from independent sources of his accusations.
Lavrov believes that a meeting between the leaders of Russia and Ukraine Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Zelensky just to exchange views would be counterproductive at this stage.
Zelensky repeatedly called for such a meeting.
“(President Putin) said he had never refused to meet with President Zelensky. The only thing he considers fundamentally important is that these meetings be well prepared. Now this situation and this crisis situation in Ukraine, the internal conflict, it has become so big over the years that has accumulated a huge number of problems, so just meet and share what you think, what I think will now be just counterproductive “- said Lavrov.
He added: “No wonder, when the Ukrainian side came to us immediately after the start of the special operation and offered to negotiate, we agreed, these talks continued and now continue.”
“And we are interested in the outcome of these talks. A result that will achieve our main goals,” Lavrov said.
According to the head of Russian diplomacy, a meeting between the presidents of Russia and Ukraine is possible after clarifying key issues for Russia.
“We need a meeting as soon as we have clarity on all key issues,” Lavrov said.
He stressed that Russia has been drawing the West’s attention to Ukraine’s problems for many years.
“The West has not listened to us, now they have heard: at least something,” Lavrov said.
“Now the main thing is to stop pleasing Ukrainians who just want to create some kind of negotiation, some kind of solution. We are well aware of their ability to imitate the process, this time we will not be able to do so – we need a result based on the results of the talks, which will be recorded by the presidents, ”he added.
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