Ukraine's conditions for negotiations are unrealistic and inadequate to the situation, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a meeting with journalists at the G20 summit, TASS reports.
According to the minister, it became clear from the Zelesnky's speech that he did not listen to any advice from the West about the need for negotiations with Moscow. Instead, he maintains aggressive and Russophobic rhetoric.
All the talking about the United States preparing for negotiations on Ukraine is nothing but rumours, Lavrov said.
"As for reports about the Americans preparing negotiations, these rumours pop up all the time and then disappear, we no longer react to that,” he said.
At the same time, the head of the Foreign Ministry stressed that Moscow did not refuse negotiations with Ukraine.
"The longer they refuse [to negotiate], the more difficult it will be to agree,” he added.
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The G20 summit takes place in Bali on November 15-16. Speaking at the summit, Ukrainian President Zelensky once again accused Russia of violating Ukraine's territorial sovereignty, declared the impossibility of new Minsk agreements, and also noted that Ukraine needed effective security guarantees. In his "peace formula” for Ukraine, Zelensky listed, among other things, energy and food security, withdrawal of troops, restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine, release of all prisoners, prevention of further escalation and documentation of the end of the conflict.
The Russian authorities have repeatedly stated that they are ready for dialogue with Ukraine, but Kyiv does not want to negotiate.
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