Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of the French Republic Jean-Yves Le Drian and Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany Heiko Maas
On June 7, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a telephone conversation with Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of the French Republic Jean-Yves Le Drian and Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany Heiko Maas.
The ministers conducted a detailed exchange of opinions on prospects for resolving the domestic Ukrainian conflict in Donbass following the May 26, 2021 videoconference with political advisors of the Normandy format countries’ leaders. They noted that there was no alternative to the Minsk agreements, and that all sides had to fulfil their obligations. Mr Lavrov said that Kiev’s attempts to revise the Package of Measures, as well as the decisions of the December 2019 Normandy format summit in Paris, were unacceptable. He drew attention to the fact that Western colleagues had failed to respond to Kiev’s statements that run counter to present-day agreements. Mr Lavrov underscored that discriminatory measures against the Russian-speaking population in Ukraine and Kiev’s policies to forcibly Ukrainise ethnic minorities, to suppress political opponents and the media and to pander to the neo-Nazis were unacceptable.
The heads of foreign policy agencies discussed the situation on the Azerbaijani-Armenian border and in Nagorno Karabakh, as well as the implementation of the statements by the leaders of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia of November 9, 2020 and January 11, 2021. They noted the importance of unfailingly complying with the ceasefire regime and the need to resolve any disagreements by political and diplomatic means. The ministers reaffirmed the role of the OSCE’s Minsk Group during the negotiating process between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Mr Lavrov noted that any involvement of international organisations was only possible with the consent of Baku and Yerevan.
They also touched upon some aspects of the situation on the Balkan Peninsula. Mr Lavrov noted the overdue need to shut down the Office of the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina and to cede all authority and responsibility for the country to the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina under the principles of the Dayton Agreement. Any attempts to appoint a new High Representative at a time when members of the Steering Board and Bosnian parties lack consensus and in circumvention of the UN Security Council are incompatible with the interests of stabilising Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Sergey Lavrov, Jean-Yves Le Drian and Heiko Maas also discussed a number of other issues on the international agenda.