The Russian Foreign Minister said that Moscow does not expect any progress within Minsk agreements implementation under the current president of Ukraine.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that one should not expect progress within Minsk agreements implementation under Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. He said this on Thursday, September 17, in an interview with RTVI channel.
“I do not think that under the current Ukrainian government, as under the previous president, there will be any progress within Minsk agreements implementation, at least because President Zelensky himself publicly state this together with Deputy Prime Minister Reznikov, who is responsible for contact group work on the situation in Ukraine settlement. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Kuleba speaks about this as well, “Lavrov said.
He said that the Ukrainian authorities declare Minsk agreements necessaire just to accuse Russia of not fulfilling them in order to continue the EU and US sanctions.
“Nevertheless, such a perverted understanding of the Minsk agreements essence, or rather an attempt to blame everything on Russia, although Russia is never mentioned there, has penetrated deeply into the minds of our European colleagues, including France and Germany,” Lavrov said.
According to him, the Ukrainian side also considers the residents of the territories not controlled by Kiev to be terrorists – this also hinders achieving agreements.
Earlier, the Head of the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group, Leonid Kravchuk, suggested bypassing the Minsk agreements.
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