Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday mentioned the invention of our bodies within the Ukrainian city of Bucha was a “provocation” geared toward scuppering talks between Moscow and Kyiv.
“A question arises: What purpose does this blatantly untruthful provocation serve? We are led to believe it is to find a pretext to torpedo the ongoing negotiations,” Lavrov mentioned in a video message broadcast on Russian tv.
Talks between Russia and Ukraine have continued after their prime diplomats met within the Turkish resort of Antalya final month, the primary such gathering for the reason that begin of Moscow’s navy operation on February 24.
Russia final week introduced it will drastically scale back its navy actions in northern Ukraine following a gathering in Istanbul.
Ukraine has proposed a world settlement with different international locations guaranteeing its safety in return for accepting a impartial and non-nuclear standing, not becoming a member of NATO and refusing to host overseas navy bases.
According to the Ukrainian proposal, Russia wouldn’t oppose Kyiv’s admission to the European Union.
Lavrov mentioned the state of affairs in Bucha goals to “distract attention from the negotiation process, distract attention from the fact that the Ukrainian party, after Istanbul, has started to row back, tried to put forward new conditions”.
But he added that Russia was “ready” to proceed the talks.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Russian troops of killing civilians in Bucha, after pictures emerged of our bodies strewn throughout the streets following Russia’s withdrawal.
But the Kremlin has denied any duty and recommended the pictures of corpses had been staged.
Russia has not formally responded to Ukraine’s safety propositions and negotiations proceed by videoconference.
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