Egypt’s FM Shoukry hands over Blinken’s message to Russia’s Lavrov on war in Ukraine
Sameh Shoukry and Serhiy Lavrov (Photo:Maxim Shipenkov/Pool via REUTERS)
Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry has handed over a message from U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, regarding Russia’s war against Ukraine, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported on Jan. 31.
Lavrov said he “confirmed” that Shoukry has given him “a certain message” from Blinken, who was recently on a visit to the Egyptian capital Cairo.
The Russian minister said that Russia is allegedly “always ready to listen” to any serious proposal aimed at “resolving the entire current situation in its comprehensive context.”
“In this sense, we once again heard the message through the minister that ‘Russia must stop,’ ‘Russia must leave,’ and then everything will be fine,” Lavrov said.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy presented Ukraine’s peace formula at the G20 summit in November.
Russia has repeated refused to discuss Ukraine’s formula, and has yet to put forward any peace plans of its own.
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