IRYNA BALACHUK – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2022, 11:49
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Vladimir Putin, the President of the Russian Federation, was still ready to start negotiations regarding Ukraine.
Source: Kremlin-aligned news outlets RIA Novosti and RT
Quote from Lavrov: “[We are] ready to talk with the West about reducing tensions, but only if there are realistic proposals based on an egalitarian approach.”
Details: Lavrov also added that Russia’s leadership, “especially Putin, is always ready for negotiations regarding Ukraine.”
He reported that over the past six months, “there have been several initiatives from Americans and other Western colleagues who have requested telephone conversations with the Russian leader.”
Lavrov also said that some foreign ministers would turn to him with the same appeal, and he would always respond positively.
The Russian Foreign Minister also added that Vladimir Putin had repeated several times that Russia never had – and never refuses – an offer of negotiations; it was allegedly “Ukraine [that refused talks] under the direct instructions of its Western sponsors”.
Lavrov’s statement does not specify whether the leaders of the Russian Federation are ready to negotiate with the Ukrainian president, or whether they are ready to talk with the “collective West”, which Putin accuses of escalating tensions.
On October 27, during the plenary session of the Valdai International Discussion Club in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose armies attacked Ukraine and violated the world order, said that sooner or later the West should start a “dialogue on an equal footing”.
Dmitry Peskov, the Russian president’s spokesman, said a basis for talks between Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden could be the United States’ desire to listen to “Russia’s concerns” about security guarantees. security.
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