Russia has clearly stated its demands, but Ukraine continues to change its position. Such a delay in a peaceful settlement is beneficial to the United States, which supplies the country with weapons, said Lavrov ” alt=”Lavrov announced a constant change in Ukraine's positions in the negotiations” />
David Arakhamia, Mikhail Podolyak (left to right in the foreground) and Oleksiy Reznikov (right in the background) during Russian-Ukrainian negotiations
The Ukrainian delegation is constantly changing its position in negotiations with Russia, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a meeting with MGIMO students. The broadcast was in the Foreign Ministry's VKontakte group.
“Negotiations have begun, they are going hard, because the Ukrainian side, although it seems to have expressed understanding of the things that should be agreed upon during the negotiations, is constantly changing his position, refuses his own proposals, — he said.
Lavrov suggested that Kyiv “hold hands” The United States, which does not benefit from a quick conclusion of negotiations. At this time, the United States will continue to supply Ukraine with weapons. The delay is intended to dramatize the situation and allow Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to demand NATO intervention, the minister said.
At the same time, Russia has set out clear positions and established “red lines” that this time it will not allow to be violated, Lavrov noted. He noted that Ukraine should hold elections in the Donbass, amnesty for participants in hostilities and disclose economic ties. Only after that, the parties will be able to talk about giving Kiev control over the border.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a “special military operation” in Ukraine on February 24th. He called it the goal of protecting the population of Donbass from genocide, denazification and demilitarization of the country. Moscow demands that there be no weapons in Ukraine that threaten Russia and its non-bloc status. Among other requirements— recognition of Crimea as Russian, and the DNR and LNR— independent states.
The Ukrainian side is trying to achieve the withdrawal of Russian troops and security guarantees. Zelensky allowed a compromise on the Crimea, the LPR and the DPR. At the same time, he noted that it is necessary to understand how people who want to be part of Ukraine will be in these territories. Aleksey Arestovich, an adviser to the Ukrainian president, said that Kyiv was unlikely to agree to the recognition of Crimea and the rejection of the republics of Donbass. Various options are being considered at the talks, including the administration of the peninsula under international administration.
On March 21, Zelensky explained that he would hold an all-Ukrainian referendum on the agreements reached with Russia. The President later called daily negotiations “very difficult”; and “sometimes scandalous.” However, they are moving forward step by step, Zelensky said.