The West “wants to make this war a real war” and does not allow Ukraine to negotiate with Russia, “forcing” to use the weapons received, Lavrov said. In Kyiv, negotiations were previously allowed “only after the defeat” of Moscow “Lavrov did not see “things for serious people” in the negotiations with Ukraine” />

Sergei Lavrov

Foreign politicians talk about the need to achieve victory for Ukraine in the conflict with Russia on the battlefield before negotiating, this is the logic of “pro-poor”, Kyiv will not be allowed to negotiate without a corresponding decision from the United States , said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in an interview with RT and Russia Today.

“And because it won’t work, and because they simply will never be able to formulate some things that deserve the serious attention of serious people. We already understood it,— he said.

According to the minister, it is beneficial for the US and Great Britain to “push Russia against the European countries,” because of which “they really want to make this war a real war.” To do this, Kyiv is “prevented from any constructive steps”, supplying a large number of weapons and “forced to use them,” he continued.

The head of the Foreign Ministry called the current situation more risky, saying that “they are sitting there”; specialists and instructors from abroad who serve HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems and other weapons— “It's practically not a secret anymore.”

“I have no doubt that the Ukrainians will not be allowed to negotiate until the Americans decide:” We have already scandalized enough, sowed chaos, now we can provide them to ourselves, we'll see how they get out,” — Lavrov added.

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Russia launched a special operation in Ukraine almost five months ago— On February 24, after that, in March, active negotiations were held between the parties. The delegations of Moscow and Kyiv held a number of face-to-face meetings on the territory of Belarus, they called each other by video link, and at the end of the month they met in Istanbul's Dolmabahce Palace.

On it, Russia and Ukraine have made the greatest progress. The Ukrainian delegates handed over to Moscow written proposals to resolve the conflict, among them — Kyiv's refusal to return Crimea by military means, the neutral status of Ukraine and security guarantees for it from third countries. Representatives of Russia later sent a response document, but there was no reaction to it, they said in Moscow. The talks were frozen, the head of the Russian delegation, Vladimir Medinsky, said.

In Kyiv, they explained the change in attitude towards negotiations with Russia by changing the “emotional background” due to events in the city of Bucha, Kyiv region. In early April, the Ukrainian authorities and international media circulated photos and videos from Bucha, which showed the bodies of dead people. The mayor of Bucha, Anatoly Fedoruk, told AFP that people were shot dead in the photographs, and hundreds of people were buried in mass graves.

The Russian side considered the publications from Bucha a provocation. The Ministry of Defense said that Russian troops left the city on March 30 and were not involved in the killings of civilians. During the time that the Russian army controlled the city, “not a single local resident was harmed,” the department claimed.

In June, negotiations were allowed to resume in Kyiv when a strong position was reached. The head of the Ukrainian delegation, David Arakhamia, noted that this would be possible thanks to the supply of Western weapons. Arakhmia added that in August the Armed Forces of Ukraine intend to launch a counteroffensive.

The White House noted that the decision on the course of negotiations is made by Kyiv, while Washington's position is to help achieve progress on the battlefield and in diplomacy. “But even President [Ukraine Vladimir] Zelensky will tell you that now is not the time for such discussions,” — said John Kirby, coordinator of the National Security Council for strategic communications.

“Let's first change the situation at the front, and then we will talk [with Russia]. Everyone understands that negotiations are directly linked to the situation at the front. I tell all my partners simply: “Russia must sit down at the negotiating table after the defeat on the battlefield. Otherwise, it will again be the language of ultimatums, — said Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba at the end of July.

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Sergey Lavrov

diplomat, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia

March 21, 1950

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