The phrase of Russian President Vladimir Putin that if Ukraine delays the resumption of negotiations, it will be more difficult to agree, should be taken seriously. This was announced on September 30 by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov to the Zvezda TV channel, which published a video in the Telegram channel.
“We have never refused this (negotiations with Ukraine. – Ed.). The President has repeatedly said this in his speeches in recent months. Let me remind you of his phrase: we do not refuse negotiations, but those who refuse must understand that the longer they delay, the more difficult it will be to negotiate. I am sure that this is the phrase that needs to be taken seriously,” he said.
Lavrov also said that Russian ambassadors abroad have already been instructed to widely disseminate Putin’s speech at the signing ceremony of agreements on joining the Russian Federation with the republics of Donbass, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions.
“I really hope that serious politicians will read it [речь Путина] from A to Z. Much for them, if someone else did not understand something, should become absolutely clear, ”added the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
On that day, Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky said that Kyiv would not hold any settlement talks with Moscow as long as Putin was in the Russian presidency.
Earlier on Friday, Putin called on Kyiv to immediately cease hostilities and return to the negotiating table. He made such a statement during his address in the Kremlin following the results of referendums in the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DNR and LNR), Kherson and Zaporozhye regions.
Meanwhile, the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov said that the Ukrainian side is moving away from the negotiation process, in connection with which Russia is focusing on achieving the goals of the special operation to protect Donbass.
On August 26, Mikhail Podolyak, an adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, called possible negotiations with Russia a death sentence for Kyiv. In his opinion, the Russian Federation can take advantage of any pause in hostilities to remobilize and launch an even stronger offensive against Ukraine.
In turn, Zelensky noted that negotiations with Moscow are possible only after the Russian troops leave the territories they occupied after February 24. Moscow has repeatedly noted that it does not refuse negotiations, it was Kyiv who made the decision to end the dialogue.
On February 24, the Russian Federation launched a special military operation to protect the civilian population of Donbass. Russia took such a step due to the situation aggravated in the LDNR due to shelling by the armed forces of Ukraine (AFU).
For more up-to-date videos and details about the situation in Donbass, watch the Izvestia TV channel.