Muscat: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres missed the opportunity to reach a peaceful settlement on Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday.
“To my great regret, the secretariat of this organization, including its general secretary, missed the opportunity to achieve a political settlement, while they have not reacted for seven years in any way to the open, frank sabotage by the Kyiv regime of Security Council resolution 2202, which approved the Minsk agreements on a settlement in eastern Ukraine”, Lavrov said after the meeting with Omani Foreign Minister Sayyid Badr al-Busaidi.
Russia is interested in the evacuation of all civilians from Ukraine, Lavrov noted, adding that the UN should call on Ukraine to stop preventing the evacuation of civilians from the zone of the military operation.
On sanction, Lavrov said the West is pursuing an aggressive policy against the global economy by imposing sanctions against Moscow.
“These bans just in one day destroyed the convenient, comfortable transport and logistics chains that have existed for many years, the possibilities of which, now, in fact, are blocked due to the Western position. We believe that this is an absolutely aggressive policy in relation to the world economy, world trade, to all countries,” Lavrov said.
The minister added that Russia’s actions did not and cannot affect in any way the problems that the world is facing now, including global food issues, noting that it is the West’s sanctions policy that is behind these problems.