September 29, 2022

Lavrov expressed confidence in the solution of the crisis around Ukraine

FILE PHOTO: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a joint news conference with British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss in Moscow, Russia February 10, 2022. Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

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“Of course, a solution will be found, I have no doubt. The conditions that are minimal for us are well known, they are being discussed, including in negotiations with the Ukrainian side, as it was in Gomel, as it should be today,” Lavrov said.

On the eve it was reported that the Ukrainian delegation went to negotiate with the Russian side in the Brest region of Belarus. Negotiations are expected to take place on March 3.

Assistant to the President of Russia Vladimir Medinsky said that during the second round of negotiations with the Ukrainian side, the topic of a ceasefire would be discussed.

The first stage of negotiations between Russia and Ukraine took place in the Gomel region of Belarus on February 28. The meeting lasted about five hours. During this time, the parties went through all the items on the agenda in detail and agreed to continue the negotiation process on the Belarusian-Polish border.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky noted that the negotiations did not lead to the desired result. According to him, at the talks Moscow voiced its positions, Ukraine put forward counter points to end the war.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, in turn, said that it was too early to give any assessments on the results of the meeting. He specified that Russian President Vladimir Putin is aware of the results of the talks.

On February 17, the situation in Donbass escalated significantly due to intensive shelling by the Ukrainian security forces, including from heavy weapons. The Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics announced a general mobilization, the evacuation of civilians to the territory of Russia and asked for recognition of their independence.

On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed decrees recognizing the independence of the LPR and DPR. Also, the President of the Russian Federation and the heads of both republics Leonid Pasechnik and Denis Pushilin signed agreements on friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance.

On February 24, Russia launched a special operation to protect Donbass. The Ministry of Defense indicated that strikes would be carried out only on military targets, and not on civilian ones. Kyiv severed diplomatic relations with Moscow and recalled its diplomats from the embassy.

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