“We will resume talks when the Ukrainian army lays down its arms”

AA / Moscow

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that Russia would resume talks with Ukraine after the Ukrainian armed forces surrender and lay down their arms.

This comes from a press conference organized by Lavrov in the Russian capital, Moscow, on the second day of Russian military intervention in Ukraine.

According to the local news agency Sputnik, the Russian foreign minister insisted that “Russia aims to free Ukraine from the US administration and foreign Nazi government”.

Lavrov also expressed “Russia’s readiness to negotiate at any time, as soon as the Ukrainian Armed Forces agree on its proposals, stop protesting and lay down their arms, then no one will humiliate or suppress them.” Will get.”

“Let’s go back to our families and let the people of Ukraine decide our fate,” Lavrov said.

On the reasons for Russian interference in Ukraine, the Russian minister stated that “his country has tried for 8 years to peacefully resolve the Ukrainian crisis, by consolidating the implementation of the Minsk Agreement of 2014, at a time when Kiev has This process had broken the support of the West,” he put it.

The Russian minister underlined that “the Ukrainian people should be independent and have a government that represents its diversity, free from any external administration”.

At dawn on Thursday, Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine that sparked strong global reactions and calls for tougher sanctions against Moscow.

It should be noted that the leaders of Ukraine, Germany, France and Russia reached an agreement on February 12, 2015 in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, which provided for a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, the creation of a buffer zone and withdrawal. heavy weapons.

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The agreement was known as the Minsk Agreement 2, and was seen as an improved version of the Minsk Agreement 1, signed by government officials and separatists under the auspices of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Russia and Europe. September 20 , 2014.

* Translated from Arabic by Munir Benour.

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