Russia disputes responsibility for resuming dialogue with Ukraine

Sergei Lavrov

16th February 2024 – (Moscow) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov asserted that the responsibility for resuming dialogue with Ukraine does not lie with Russia during a conference titled “Euromaidan: Ukraine’s Lost Decade.” Lavrov pointed out that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had signed a decree prohibiting negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, placing the blame for this decision squarely on Kiev.

Lavrov emphasized that “the ball is not in Russia’s court,” and this fact is widely recognized. He suggested that the West is actively promoting Zelensky’s “peace formula,” which he dismissed as a futile and foolish initiative.

Zelensky had presented a 10-point peace plan for resolving the Russia-Ukraine conflict at the G20 summit in Indonesia in November 2022. However, Lavrov’s remarks indicate Russia’s scepticism towards Ukraine’s commitment to engaging in meaningful dialogue.

The ongoing tensions between Russia and Ukraine have strained diplomatic efforts to find a resolution to the conflict. Both sides have traded accusations and blame, hindering progress towards peace. Lavrov’s remarks highlight the challenges faced in achieving a breakthrough in negotiations.

The conference, titled “Euromaidan: Ukraine’s Lost Decade,” served as a platform to discuss the events surrounding Ukraine’s Euromaidan movement, which began in 2013. The movement led to significant political and social changes in Ukraine, but it also deepened the rift between Ukraine and Russia.