18 December 202019:32

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s answer to a media question about Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba’s statement


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Question: Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said in an interview yesterday that you have no desire to establish contact with him and do not respond to his phone calls and invitations to discuss the situation in Donbass. Is that true?

Sergey Lavrov: We never evade a substantive and constructive dialogue with anyone. I talked with Minister Kuleba on April 30, 2020, during a videoconference meeting of the foreign ministers of the Normandy format countries.

He asked for a telephone conversation in early September, when I was in Syria. He wanted to discuss an incident on the contact line in Donbass. As far as I remember, it was discussed at the Contact Group several days later.

I believe that Kiev should discuss such subjects directly with Donbass, as stipulated in the Minsk Package of Measures, rather than try to politicise the situation by appealing to the mediation of Moscow, Berlin and Paris.

If my Ukrainian colleague has an honest desire to hold a serious discussion on concrete topics related to Kiev’s implementation of the Minsk Agreements, the decisions of the Normandy format’s Paris meeting, or our bilateral relations with Ukraine, we will be ready to hold such a dialogue. Regrettably, we do not see any evidence of such a desire so far.

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