Lavrov spoke about NATO instructors leading the Ukrainian forces
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed the opinion that Western countries forced Kyiv to abandon peace talks with Moscow
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
NATO instructors directly “on the ground” direct the actions of the Ukrainian armed forces and nationalist battalions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an article for the Izvestia newspaper.
“NATO instructors and gunners of [Multiple Launch Rocket Systems] MLRS already, apparently, direct the actions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and National Battalions directly “on the ground.” I hope that among the Europeans there are responsible politicians who are aware of the consequences this is fraught with,— wrote the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
He accused Western countries of disrupting the agreements that were reached by Moscow and Kyiv at the talks in Istanbul at the end of March.
“In Washington, London, Brussels began to demand that Kyiv not start negotiations with Russia until Ukraine has achieved full military advantage,” — Lavrov believes.
The minister expressed the opinion that the European Union suffers more than others from anti-Russian sanctions and “empties the arsenals” for the sake of Kyiv, “freeing up its market for subsequent purchases of products of the US military-industrial complex and expensive American LNG instead of available Russian gas.”
Lavrov also accused Kyiv and Western countries of repeated “blood dramatizations” during the events in Ukraine, including in Bucha and Mariupol. In his opinion, such “staging” The West has already used in Yugoslavia, Iraq and the same Ukraine during the Euromaidan.
The forces of Russia, as well as the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics, according to him, are successfully fulfilling the tasks to stop the “flagrant discrimination and genocide of Russians and eliminate the created by the United States and its satellites on the territory of Ukraine direct threats to the security of the Russian Federation».
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Russia launched a special operation in Ukraine on February 24. President Vladimir Putin called the goal of protecting the population of Donbass and preventing a threat to Russia's security. Kyiv, in response to the operation, severed diplomatic relations with Moscow, declared martial law and general mobilization. The Ukrainian authorities consider Russia's actions “aggression”.
Negotiations on a peaceful settlement began almost immediately after the start of the special operation, but were suspended in April. Moscow blamed Kyiv and Western countries for this.
A number of Western governments expressed the view that Kyiv should not rush to a peace agreement. So, against the “bad world” Ukraine and Russia were now former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and the administration of US President Joe Biden considered that the time for negotiations had not yet come.
The Russian authorities have repeatedly criticized the West for such a position, as well as for the military aid to Ukraine. Lavrov, in particular, said that by arming Kyiv, NATO is entering into a “proxy war”; with Russia. He also said that Western weapons in Ukraine would be targets for Russian forces. After that, the Ministry of Defense reported several times about the destruction of warehouses with Western weapons during the operation.