Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov believes that it is necessary to that Ukrainian side implements agreements reached in Normandy format to hold talks between the presidents of Ukraine and Russia, as he said in an interview for RBK.
“We don’t know what police the new Ukrainian authority has concerning Minsk Agreements and Russia in general. Smear signals sound from there. For example, the need to hold another referendum asking whether they should carry out talks with Russia,” Lavrov said.
He said he “didn’t even understand what talks they meant”, as negotiations about Donbas within the Contact group and Normandy format in Moscow are not considered as negotiations with Russia.
Lavrov noted tha Zelensky had confirmed talks in Normandy format.
“Supposedly it was noted, but it’s unclear what position and reasons the work of Normandy four will have. It won’t work out, if they start from a clean slate,” he added.
The Head of the Russian Foreign Ministry is convinced that before planning another meeting in Normandy format, the previous agreements should be fulfilled.
“Certain agreements on disengagement of forces and means in three pilot regions on the demarcation line and on adoption of the law on special status for Donbas were reached in Normandy format over the past four years. It all hasn’t been done yet,” Lavrov stressed.
Earlier, Deputy Head of President’s Administration Vadym Prystayko assumed a possibility of a phone conversation between Zelensky and Putin.