From India, the head of Russian diplomacy spoke of “some progress” in peace negotiations with Ukraine. We are preparing the answer, says Sergei Lavrov, who pointed out that “approved plans have not yet been established.”
“We need more understanding from the Ukrainians on Russia’s position on Crimea and the Donbas,” said Lavrov, who sees the solution to the crisis as a “world order” issue.
On the other hand, the European Union has launched a new appeal to China “not to interfere” in Western sanctions targeting Russia.
Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister: “Ukraine has put on paper its vision on the agreements that need to be reached. But these agreements should be concluded first. We are preparing a reaction. There is progress on recognizing the impossibility of Ukraine being part of a bloc, the impossibility of Ukraine seeking its happiness in the North Atlantic Alliance. It is much deeper and broader than the military operation in Ukraine, much deeper and broader than ensuring Ukraine’s neutrality on the basis of security guarantees that will be adopted collectively. It is a matter of world order. And, as I said before, all the values implemented by the West in its model of globalization have been violated by the West itself. “
Turkey has, in principle, offered to be one of the countries to guarantee the security of a neutral Ukraine.
Talks between the Russian and Ukrainian delegations resumed on Friday, but via video conference, a few days after they met face to face in Istanbul.
Globally, both British Foreign Minister Liz Truss and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, have visited India. Both countries are seeking closer ties with New Delhi. Truss urged India to join democratic countries in countering Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. And Lavrov demanded that India buy more oil and gas from his country in order to overcome Western sanctions.
Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister: “These days, our Western colleagues would like to reduce any significant international issue to the crisis in Ukraine. We appreciate that India is looking at this situation as a whole, not just from a one-sided perspective. We are certainly interested in having a balanced world order, which makes it sustainable. ”
New Delhi has refrained from voting against the Russian invasion of Ukraine, has not condemned Putin’s war, but says dialogue and diplomacy are the only way forward.
The first European Union-China summit in two years also took place on Friday.
Charles Michel, President of the European Council: “I call on China to support the end of the war in Ukraine. China cannot turn a blind eye to Russia’s violation of international law, and these principles, enshrined in the UN Charter, are sacred to China. “
The President of the European Council also stressed that the European Union and China have agreed that the war in the neighboring country poses a threat to global security. Russia’s sanctions were also discussed.
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission: “In total, more than 40 countries have joined these sanctions, so I made it very clear that China should, if not support, at least not interfere with sanctions. our. We also discussed the fact that no European citizen would agree with any support for Russia’s ability to wage this war. And that would bring major damage to China’s reputation here in Europe. “
And the president of the European Parliament went to Ukraine, where he reconfirmed the European community’s support for the hard-hit country.
Roberta Metsola, President of the European Parliament: “I came here not only in solidarity, but also to show that we will continue to work on drafting our resolutions welcoming the fact that Ukraine is part of our European family. It is we and we are you. ”
Germany has also announced that it has agreed for a Czech company to sell 58 armored infantry vehicles to Ukraine, which originally belonged to the former German Democratic Republic.
Annalena Baerbock, Germany’s foreign minister, said: “Russia has made it clear that there are no red lines for it. That is why we support the (Ukrainian) army with weapons, as Europeans, something we have never done before, but the reality has now changed so brutally. “