Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Rudenko: Kyiv “practically withdrew” from the negotiation process with Moscow =”aligncenter” src=”https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/media/img/6/21/756527791604216.jpg” alt=”The Foreign Ministry said that negotiations with Ukraine are not going on “in any form” ;” />
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There are no negotiations between Moscow and Kyiv now, they are not being conducted “in any form”, Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Andrei Rudenko told reporters.
” No, negotiations are not ongoing. Ukraine has practically withdrawn from the negotiation process»,— he said (quote from RIA Novosti). Rudenko added that Ukraine did not respond to the Russian draft treaty.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking at the New Horizons marathon, in turn, said that Ukraine in the negotiations “is led and regulated by freedom of maneuver” The United States and Great Britain, “moreover, perhaps even having direct representatives on Ukrainian territory.” This information, according to the minister, comes to the Russian side “through various channels”.
According to Lavrov, he does not believe that negotiating with the United States and Britain instead of Ukraine will produce a result. “Besides, neither Washington, nor London, nor the West as a whole puts forward any proposals,” — he said (quote from Interfax).
Since the beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine on February 24, the delegations of the two countries have held several rounds of peace talks, both face-to-face and remotely. The last face-to-face meeting was held in Istanbul at the end of March, after which Moscow and Kyiv handed over draft documents to resolve the situation to each other; but since the beginning of April, the Russian authorities have said several times that the talks have reached a “stalemate”.
On May 9, presidential aide Vladimir Medinsky, who is the head of the Russian delegation, said that negotiations with Ukraine had not stopped and were continuing remotely. Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said that they were going, but “sluggishly and ineffectively.” On May 13, Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, accused Kyiv of “essentially blocking” negotiation process.
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On May 12, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said that Kyiv was ready for discussions, but Moscow “does not show a desire to participate in real and substantive negotiations.”
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