European security issues should not be limited to the Ukrainian subject — Senior Russian diplomat – Russian Politics & Diplomacy

GENEVA, January 21. /TASS/. The situation in Ukraine requires special attention, but the whole problem of European security cannot be limited to this subject, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday at a press conference after talks with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

“We believe that the Ukrainian issue deserves special attention, but a [should not] reduce the whole problem of the European security system in this regard,” noted the Russian Foreign Minister.

The head of diplomacy said that the United States has once again tried to put Ukraine at the center of all negotiations. “I think that finally, after our explanations, they understood the need to focus on the content of our proposals, even if their concerns, as they call them, remained. And it was promised, I emphasize again, to submit a response to our proposals next week. I’m pretty sure that somehow Ukraine will be mentioned there, but today I haven’t heard a single argument to justify the U.S. position on developments on the Russian-Ukrainian border are concerns, concerns and worries,” Lavrov said.

“We are not concerned with imaginary threats but with real facts, which are not hidden. It is pumping Ukraine full of weapons, sending hundreds of Western military instructors to Ukraine, and now the EU , fearful of falling behind NATO, wants to establish its own military training mission in Ukraine Well, this is going to be quite an interesting twist, as far as the ambitions of the EU are concerned, which apparently wants draw attention to this decision, because it is not very engaged in serious conversations, ”continued the Russian Foreign Minister.

Lavrov also noted that during the talks, Blinken confirmed US President Joe Biden’s words about Washington’s willingness to help implement the Minsk agreements. ” I called [Blinken] to use its decisive influence on Kiev to force it to calm down and stop sabotaging this essential document, which was created to put an end to the Ukrainian conflict”, underlined the head of diplomacy.

Jessica C. Bell