Russia warns Ukraine against pumping Kiev with weapons

Russia warns Ukraine against pumping Kiev with weapons

Sergey Lavrov said Kiev was unlikely to contribute to progress by pumping Kiev with weaponry.

The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned that if the West's large scale supply of arms to Ukraine with weaponry continues, negotiations between Moscow and Kiev are destined to fail. A top diplomat made remarks during a press conference after talks with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in Moscow.

If the pumping of Ukraine continues, the negotiations will hardly have any result, but I repeat once again, we are committed to a negotiated solution, we are committed to ceasefires, which we are staging daily, declaring humanitarian corridors, Lavrov said.

The Kievian government initially showed a readiness to negotiate after Russia launched its military offensive two months ago, but the behavior of its officials indicates that they are not interested in talks, Lavrov said.

But how the Ukrainian delegation behaved at the talks, how President Volodymyr Zelensky refused to confirm that they received our new proposals a week ago, and I spoke about this more than once. This, of course, is disappointing, the diplomat went on.

Russia attacked its neighbor after Ukraine s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements signed in 2014, and Moscow s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The German and French Minsk Protocols were designed to give the breakaway regions special status within the Ukrainian state.

The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists that the Russian offensive is unprovoked and has denied that it plans to retake the two republics by force.