Russia ready to work honestly at negotiating table with Ukraine — Lavrov

MOSCOW, April 5. /TASS/. Russia is ready to work at the negotiating table with Ukraine honestly and consistently, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday.

“We insist that the international community must know the truth. And the international community should know that the Russia side is ready to work honestly and consistently at the negotiating table,” he said.

“If the Ukrainian delegation continues to say that some extra steps from Russia are needed, if it continues to categorically refuse, as it is doing now, to even discuss denazification and demilitarization, the restoration of the rights of the Russian language, if they continue to say that they have no problems with the Russian language, with the rights of the Russian-speaking population, and with Nazification of all spheres of the country’s life, I don’t think it will promote further progress of the negotiating process,” he stressed.

The first round of Russian-Ukrainian talks was held in Belarus’ Gomel region on February 28. The talks lasted for five hours. The second round of talks was held on March 3 in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, in Belarus. The delegations met for the third round of talks on March 7, in the Brest region, also in Belarus. More rounds were held in the online format.

Another off-line round of talks was held in Istanbul on March 29. Following this round, Russia’s chief negotiator Vladimir Medinsky said that the Russian delegation had received a clearly-worded Ukraine’s position and proposals. He also said that a draft agreement was not yet ready to be submitted for a summit meeting, but noted that Ukraine was more realistic about the issues of its neutral and nuclear-free status.