Moscow: Ukraine is controlled by the US and its allies who push Kyiv to continue fighting, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Thursday.
Lavrov says that Kyiv’s inability to negotiate proves that it aims to delay and undermine negotiations.
“The Kyiv regime is controlled by Washington and its allies, who are pushing President (Volodymyr) Zelenskyy to continue fighting,” Lavrov told reporters, adding that Moscow will continue talks with Kyiv despite all “provocations.”
The Russian minister also said that adding new preconditions during negotiations is “unacceptable.”
“For sure, at the next stage, the Ukrainian side will ask for the withdrawal of troops and will ask for more and more preconditions. This idea is understandable, but it is unacceptable,” Lavrov added.