Lavrov: If West Wants to Solve Ukraine Conflict on Battlefield, 'So Be It'

13 May

If the West wants to solve the Ukraine conflict on the battlefield, "so be it," Sergey Lavrov, candidate for the post of Russia’s Foreign Minister, told a Federation Council committee meeting discussing his reappointment.


"If they want [a solution to the conflict in Ukraine] on the battlefield, then it will be on the battlefield," Lavrov asserted.


He emphasized that Russia is ready for negotiations not only in words but also in deeds. "We were indeed <...> a step away from signing an initial document in Istanbul and thereby ending the special military operation, as the sponsors of Ukraine now admit, on very favorable terms for Ukraine," Lavrov noted. - "Our political scientists also talk about this. I agree with them".


According to him, that incident was the last time the Russian leadership "despite numerous previous deceptions by the West, decided to believe and show goodwill." "They deceived us again, made us fight again," Lavrov concluded.



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Based on materials from TASS