Lavrov named the cities where Zelensky can come for negotiations

The situation in Donbas should be discussed in the contact group, he stressed

Sergey Lavrov
The Russian authorities are ready to discuss bilateral relations with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with radio stations. Lavrov: Zelensky can discuss relations with Russia in Moscow, St. Dmitry Kozak, deputy head of the presidential administration of Russia, described them as “difficult” and called the last conversation “an inventory of different readings of the Minsk agreements.”

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Источник Petersburg and Sochi are ready to accept him, Lavrov said. On January 26, eight-hour talks of advisers to the leaders of the Normandy Four were held in Paris. Please, let him come to Moscow, to Sochi, to St. The press secretary of the Russian president replied that there was “nothing” at the meeting, but only a “pump”; Ukraine with weapons and failure to comply with the Minsk agreements. (Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France). Video
If the Ukrainian leader wants to discuss the situation in Donbass, for this it is necessary to convene a Contact Group, since it is there, according to the decision of the Normandy format, that issues of settlement between Kiev should be considered , DPR and LPR, the minister emphasized. Later, Zelensky said he was ready to meet “anywhere”, and specified that any format of negotiations would suit him. “If Zelenskiy wants to discuss the normalization of bilateral relations that are suffering from the damage done by his regime’s unilateral actions, <…> we are ready. Petersburg or Sochi If Zelensky wants to discuss bilateral relations with the Russian authorities, Moscow, St. The broadcast was conducted by the RBC channel. According to Lavrov, when the Ukrainian authorities say that they will not talk to representatives of the self-proclaimed republics, “this is bad, but it's bad for the intra-Ukrainian crisis.”

Zelensky raised the issue of a meeting with Putin in April 2021 when he suggested that it be held “anywhere in the Ukrainian Donbas where there is a war.” Putin responded by saying that Moscow was ready “at any time” accept Zelensky, but to discuss bilateral relations. He added that Kiev should first of all discuss the problems of Donbass with the authorities of the DPR and LPR, and only then— with Russia as a third party. Petersburg, where they [with Russian President Vladimir Putin] will agree, — he said. In January, amid reports of an impending Russian invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow rejected, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan invited Putin and Zelensky to his country to “settle differences”.