Lavrov says it’s ‘out of the question’ that Russia will accept Zelenskyy’s peace formula

18 January, 06:07 PM
Sergey Lavrov (Photo:REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov)

Sergey Lavrov (Photo:REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov)

It is “out of the question” that Russia will accept Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's peace plan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Jan. 18, the Kremlin-controlled news agency TASS reported.

The Russian diplomat said Zelenskyy was putting forward "some absolutely ridiculous initiatives."

"A ten-point plan with everything you can think of: food security, energy security, biological security, withdrawal of Russian troops from everywhere, repentance of the Russian Federation, tribunal, condemnation, and so on," Lavrov said.

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“Negotiations with Zelenskyy on his initiatives are out of the question.”

In response, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko said that Lavrov had once again articulated Moscow's real intentions.

"Moscow is categorically not interested in peace,” he wrote on Facebook.

“Public maneuvers by representatives of the Russian regime about readiness for negotiations, a ‘truce for Christmas’, and expectations for ‘real’ proposals from the West are just a smokescreen to prepare for another Russian terrorist attack on Ukraine."

Nikolenko said the good news is that Kyiv’s partners have long since stopped paying attention to what the Russian Foreign Ministry says.

He added that Ukraine has received broad international support for President Zelenskyy's peace formula.

"This is a comprehensive ten-point document, the implementation of which will help restore peace on Ukrainian soil and create safeguards to prevent the recurrence of Russian aggression in the future," the statement said.

“Whether someone in the Kremlin likes it or not, Russia will have to fulfill the peace formula.”

The spokesman said that in order to speed up this process, the Foreign Ministry team headed by Dmytro Kuleba will continue to work to provide the Ukrainian defense forces with all the necessary international assistance, including:

  • tanks
  • missile and air defense systems,
  • long-range missiles,
  • ammunition,
  • training of the Ukrainian military,
  • finances.

"Ukraine will win and Russia will lose. Anything else is out of the question," Nikolenko wrote.

At the G20 summit in November, President Zelenskyy presented a ten-point formula for peace, which includes the restoration of Ukraine's territorial integrity, the withdrawal of Russian troops, the release of all prisoners, a tribunal for those responsible for aggression, and security guarantees for Ukraine.

The Kremlin is yet to offer any peace proposals, formulas or plans.

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