Lavrov says "hopes" for progress on Donbas under Zelensky

At the same time, Lavrov stressed that “progress in the settlement could be achieved only through a direct dialogue between the parties to the conflict – Kyiv, Donetsk and Luhansk.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said “there are still hopes” for the Donbas settlement under Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“Within five months, he [Zelensky] has managed to do what his predecessor was obstinately refusing to do for years,” Lavrov said in an interview with Russian news agency TASS.

“The Normandy Four summit in Paris on December 9 became possible owing to this. We know its results. First of all, it confirmed that the Minsk Package of Measures had no alternative as the basis for the settlement, and also recommendations were given for the [Trilateral] Contact Group. It is now important to ensure their implementation. However, it won’t be that easy to do this, as evidenced by a meeting of the Contact Group on December 18. Nevertheless, we hope for the better,” he said.

At the same time, Lavrov stressed that progress in the settlement could be achieved only through a “direct dialogue” between what Moscow claims are “the parties to the conflict – Kyiv, Donetsk and Luhansk.”

“We are ready to contribute to this in every possible way. The establishment of lasting peace in Ukraine meets our interests and will improve relations between the two countries,” Lavrov added.

Russia has been denying its involvement in fomenting the conflict and waging aggression against Ukraine.

(c) Unian

5 comments

  • “At the same time, Lavrov stressed that progress in the settlement could be achieved only through a “direct dialogue” between what Moscow claims are “the parties to the conflict – Kyiv, Donetsk and Luhansk.”

    Wrong on all counts Lavrov. When you remove your scum from Ukraine, then the situation will improve dramatically. It will improve even more when you cough up the cash to rebuild what you destroyed. Then after that, we have the little matter of Crimea to sort out. So your hopes of improved relations with Ukraine, are many, many years away.

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    • He continues to try and follow the fascist Moskali playbook that we’ve seen here from the beginning. The Moskali CREATE a conflict and then try to position themselves as the mediators to solve it. All while completing their task. ANY recognition of the planted terrorists will alleviate them from responsibility.

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      • Of course. If Ukraine started to negotiate with the terrorists, it would be a recognition that Muscovy are not involved, and they would be demanding that sanctions are lifted. The jellyfish would be falling over themselves to comply with the evil empire.

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  • “Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Liar-vrov has said “there are still hopes” for the Donbas settlement under Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.”
    Wrong, horse face. Hopes will rise with the fall of your dwarf pedophile president. Nothing more and nothing less.

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  • Ukraine can only talk to those who keep sending mercenaries and regular russian soldiers into Donbas, and that would be Moscow…

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