Russia’s foreign minister hints on key issues

Russia’s foreign minister hints on key issues

Russian foreign minister has said that Putin-Zelensky meeting not necessary until key issues clarified

The West has ignored these key issues; despite having been raised by Moscow for years, he added.

“Now, the main thing is to stop pandering to the Ukrainians who only seek to generate an image of negotiations and settlements. They succeeded in this when they sabotaged the Minsk agreements shortly after they inked them in February 2015, and as a result declared that they would not implement them,” Lavrov continued.

“That’s why their ability to mimic the process is well known to us. This time they won’t get away with it. We need a results-based outcome of the negotiations, which will be enshrined by the presidents,” he said.

Some more context: Russia-Ukraine talks are set to resume in-person in Istanbul this week, Lavrov said earlier on Monday during a news conference.

“These negotiations are ongoing. They will be resumed today-tomorrow in Istanbul in-person after a series of video conferences,” Lavrov said. “And we are interested that these negotiations would bring a result and that this result would achieve our fundamental goals,” he said.

Also read: War in Ukraine: Talks between Moscow and Kyiv on thin ice

Peskov said the talks between the two sides are likely to resume Tuesday.


Sweden says a repeat of Europe’s 2015 migrant and refugee crisis must be avoided in Ukraine war

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said Monday that a repeat of a refugee crisis such as that of 2015 must be avoided.

“We cannot repeat the situation of 2015; we took in 12% of the refugees;  but we cannot do this again now,” Andersson said; speaking at a joint news conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin.

“We have to push for an end of this war,” Andersson added. The prime minister also acknowledged Poland’s help in taking in Ukrainian refugees.

In 2015, 156,400 people sought asylum in Sweden, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Sweden was the third-highest recipient of asylum requests after Germany (441,900) and the United States (172,700), per UNHCR data.


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