MOSCOW (Portal) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that Moscow has not yet seen any serious proposals for a peace in Ukraine and that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s proposals are absurd.
Lavrov said Moscow is ready to discuss the conflict with Western countries and respond to any serious suggestions, but that all talks are needed to address Russia’s broader security concerns.
At a press conference in Moscow, Lavrov again called on NATO to withdraw its “military infrastructure” from Ukraine and other countries near the Russian border.
“There can be no question of negotiations with Zelenskyy,” said Lavrov, describing the Ukrainian head of state’s ten-point plan presented last November as “completely absurd initiatives.”
“As for the prospects for talks between Russia and the West on Ukraine, we will be ready to respond to any serious proposals. (But) we don’t see any serious proposals yet. We will be ready to consider and decide on them,” Lavrov said.
Lavrov said statements by Western governments that they would not discuss Ukraine without Kyiv’s involvement were “all nonsense” because the West is actually making the decisions.
(Reported by Portal; Edited by Kevin Liffey)