MOSCOW, December 7. / TASS /. During talks with Russian and US Presidents Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden, Russia intends to state its position on the importance of Kiev’s respect for the Minsk agreements, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday. of a press conference.
“We will certainly state very clearly our approaches to the Ukrainian settlement, to the need to force the Kiev regime to comply with its obligations, written in black and white, under the Minsk package of measures,” Lavrov said.
He said Kiev’s attempts to engage Ukraine’s Western mentors ahead of talks between the Russian and American leaders raised “serious concerns.” Ukrainian leaders are constantly changing their position vis-à-vis the Donbass, demonstrating “differently oriented streams of consciousness”, he underlined.
“As for the principle of a peace settlement, it is the only one possible. If after speaking with a mentor from Washington and promising that he would adhere to this principle, Mr. [President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky] then said some things to the contrary, it only confirms what I said, “added the senior diplomat.
“A peaceful settlement is only possible on the basis of direct and unambiguous respect for the Minsk agreements. Everything is written there, translated into all the official languages of the United Nations. This is why I am convinced that [US Secretary of State Antony] Blinken knows this document, even if he tries to interpret it in an absolutely inadmissible way, going against its text, “Lavrov continued.
“Our American colleagues are trying to present the case in such a way that Russia should respect the ceasefire, withdraw heavy weapons, ensure the establishment of socio-economic ties between Donbass and the rest of Ukraine. meanwhile they’re praising the Kiev regime for, you see, once again extending the special status law [for Donbass] and to work well on an amnesty law, ”Lavrov said.
Interviews with Russian and American presidents
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his American counterpart Joe Biden will have bilateral talks by videoconference on Tuesday. Putin will contact his American counterpart from his residence in Sochi. Earlier, Peskov told reporters the leaders were to discuss the situation around Ukraine, NATO’s eastward expansion, and Putin’s initiative on security guarantees.