Lavrov threatens Ukraine – Respond to demands or the military will

Kyiv, Dec 27 (Reuters) – Russia has reiterated its conditions for peace talks with Ukraine. After President Vladimir Putin indicated his willingness to talk, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov harshly declared that Ukraine had to meet Moscow’s demands or the Russian military would. Lavrov reiterated well-known demands such as recognition of the occupied territories, which make up about a fifth of Ukraine’s national territory, “demilitarization” and “denazification” of the rest of Ukraine, and security guarantees. “The thing is quite simple: fill it for your own good. Otherwise, the matter will be decided by the Russian military,” Lavrov said in an interview with Russian news agency TASS published on Tuesday evening.

Lavrov also accused the West of wanting to destroy Russia. “It is no secret that the strategic goal of the United States and its NATO allies is to defeat Russia on the battlefield in order to significantly weaken or even destroy our country,” he said. he said in the TASS interview. He blamed President Joe Biden’s government for strained relations with the United States. No new initiatives for nuclear arms control or security safeguards are planned. Lavrov also urged the West to exercise maximum restraint in the “highly sensitive” nuclear field.

Putin said on Sunday that Russia was ready to negotiate with all parties involved in the conflict. However, Kyiv leaders and their Western supporters refused to hold talks. Ukraine immediately contradicted this. It demands the withdrawal of all Russian troops, including those from the Crimean peninsula, annexed in 2014.

There is no end in sight to the war, which Russian leaders describe as a special military operation. According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the situation on the front in the eastern region of Donbass is “difficult and painful”. Above all, the situation on the front in Bakhmut, Kreminna and other regions of Donbass requires maximum strength and concentration, Zelenskyy said in his evening video speech.

“The occupiers are using all the means at their disposal – and these are considerable resources – to move forward.” The Ukrainian General Staff said on Tuesday that in the past 24 hours there have been Russian attacks on two settlements in the Luhansk region and six repelled in the Donetsk region. Power outages in Ukraine following Russian airstrikes on energy infrastructure also continue. According to Selenskyj, almost nine million people were recently without electricity.

Lavrov threatens Ukraine – Respond to demands or the military will

Source: Reuters

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