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Lavrov claims that West prevented talks to end war in Ukraine

Lavrov claims that West prevented talks to end war in Ukraine

Lavrov claims that West prevented talks to end war in Ukraine

Lavrov claims that West prevented talks to end war in Ukraine

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  • Lavrov’s comments echo those made by Vladimir Putin last year.
  • U.S, other Western countries have said Russia is not committed to engaging in negotiations.
  • Lavrov is in Pretoria for talks with his South African colleague, Naledi Pandor.
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Ukraine was encouraged against engaging in negotiations by the United States and other Western countries in the early months of the conflict despite Moscow’s willingness to do so, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Lavrov’s comments during a visit to South Africa echoed those made by Russian President Vladimir Putin last year, who said that his nation was open to negotiations but that Ukraine’s Western partners stopped them from taking place.

The U.S. and other Western countries have said that Russia is not committed to engaging in negotiations to resolve the conflict, which will commemorate its one anniversary next month.

“It is well known that we supported the proposal of the Ukrainian side to negotiate early in the special military operation and by the end of March, the two delegations agreed on the principle to settle this conflict,” Lavrov said.

“It is well known and was published openly that our American, British, and some European colleagues told Ukraine that it is too early to deal, and the arrangement which was almost agreed was never revisited by the Kyiv regime.”

As a prerequisite for any negotiations, Russia has repeatedly rejected Ukrainian and Western demands that it entirely withdraw from Ukraine.

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President Joe Biden has stated that he would be open to meeting with Putin if the Russian president showed signs that he was sincerely interested in ending the invasion.

In an effort to deepen its ties with Africa’s most industrialized nation and a longtime ally amid the ongoing turmoil in Ukraine, Lavrov is in Pretoria for talks with his South African colleague, Naledi Pandor.

“We are fully alert that conflict, wherever it exists in the world, impacts negatively on all of us, and as the developing world it impacts on us particularly as the African continent,” Pandor said. “This is why as South Africa we consistently articulate that we will always stand ready to support the peaceful resolution of conflicts in the continent and throughout the globe.”

Following the Soviet Union’s backing for the African National Congress, the country’s current ruling party, when it was a liberation movement battling to abolish the apartheid system of repression against South Africa’s Black majority, South Africa has maintained close ties with Russia.

Due in large part to this relationship, South Africa chose not to participate in a United Nations vote last year that condemned Russia’s activities in Ukraine.

Lavrov’s visit comes days after the South African armed forces declared they will conduct joint drills with the Russian and Chinese navies off its eastern coast next month, despite South Africa’s stated neutrality regarding Ukraine.

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The U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s journey to South Africa, which was seen as a U.S. effort to counter growing Russian influence in a crucial geopolitical continent, closely followed Lavrov’s travel to Africa last year.

This time, prior to her official visit to South Africa beginning on Wednesday, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen travelled to Senegal and Zambia.

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