KATERYNA TYSCHHENKO – SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 24, 2022, 11:03 PM
Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, said Russia would not take the first steps in a dialogue with the West and that the longer Kyiv refuses to negotiate, the harder it will be to do so.
Source: Lavrov in a speech at the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday, RIA Novosti
Quotation: “We do not refuse contacts [with the West – ed.], and when relevant offers come in, we agree. Our partners want to meet discreetly so that no one notices, please. But in the situation we find ourselves in, Russia will not take any first steps.”
Details: Lavrov also said that Russia does not refuse to negotiate with Ukraine, “but those who refuse must understand that the longer they refuse, the more difficult it will be to negotiate in the end.”
He also complained that the West had “thrown a tantrum” over the so-called “referendums” in the Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine; the minister even recalled the words of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
“But the people living there are just reacting to what President Zelenskyy recommended to them in one of his interviews in August 2021. Then he advised everyone who feels Russian, for the sake of their children and grandchildren, to go to This is what the inhabitants of the mentioned regions now do, taking with them their lands, on which their ancestors lived for centuries,” he said.
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