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Sergey Lavrov: “NATO prevents a political solution to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine”

Russian Minister Sergei Lavrov, during a press conference on May 5, 2021 in Moscow. Photo: Agence France-Presse.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that NATO countries are doing everything possible to prevent a political solution to the current conflict between his country and Ukraine.

In an interview with Xinhua, he said: Lavrov noted that NATO is filling Ukraine with weapons under the pretext of confronting the Russian military operation in the Donbass region.although in reality the United States and the European Union are completely indifferent to Ukraine’s fate as an independent international player.

However, Lavrov noted that the United States and its European allies could contribute to resolving the conflict, but left aside some of its policy points on Kyiv.

“First of all, they should come to their senses and stop supplying Kyiv with weapons and ammunition. The Ukrainian people do not need anti-aircraft or anti-tank missiles, but to solve urgent humanitarian problems,” Lavrov stressed.

About 40 countries gathered in Germany on Tuesday to coordinate the acceleration of supplies of military equipment demanded by Kyiv.

The Russian foreign minister urged the West to stop covering up Ukraine, Otherwise, Washington and Brussels will have to take responsibility for war crimes committed by Ukrainian nationalists and mercenaries.

In view of this situation, Lavrov called on the Ukrainian authorities to put an end to their provocations, including those in the media space.

“Ukrainian units, using civilians as human shields, barbarically bombard cities as they did in Donetsk and Kramatorsk. They make fun of the Russian army’s cruel detention of animals, and spread their atrocities on the InternetRussian Foreign Minister said.

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Regarding the dialogues, the Russian diplomat explained that the delegations of Russia and Ukraine are conducting negotiations daily via video. According to Lavrov, among the points of the hypothetical final agreement are Ukraine’s neutral and non-nuclear status, disarmament of Ukraine, as well as security guarantees.

Lavrov stressed that the dialogue agenda also includes issues of de-Nazification of Ukrainian lands, lifting of sanctions and status of the Russian language, among others.