French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz are “well aware” that Ukraine is holding up a peace deal with Russia, Sergei Lavrov has claimed. Russia’s Foreign Minister also accused Kyiv of making “unrealistic” demands on Tuesday and he called on the West to “discipline” Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky.
Lavrov said “all problems are with the Ukrainian side” after Zelensky revealed talks were out of the question if Vladimir Putin remains in power.
He added: “We want to see concrete evidence that the West is seriously interested in disciplining Zelensky and explaining to him that this cannot continue, that this is not in the interests of the Ukrainian people.
“All problems are with the Ukrainian side, which is categorically refusing negotiations and putting forward conditions that are obviously unrealistic.
“Scholz and Macron are well aware that this process is hindered by Ukraine, which, including through laws, by Zelensky’s decree, bans negotiations with the Russian Federation.”
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Lavrov made the comments during the G20 summit in Indonesia.
President Putin missed the meeting following several setbacks in the ex-Soviet state, including in Kherson.
Despite Lavrov’s comments about Macron and Scholz, the Telegraph has claimed that Paris and Berlin have insisted that any peace talks must be made on Kyiv’s terms and with its consent.
Russia has also come under fire after Warsaw claimed a Moscow-produced rocket fell on the Polish village of Przewodow.
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However, Russia has denied a Moscow-made missile hit the Polish village.
In a statement, the Kremlin’s defence ministry said: “No strikes on targets near the Ukrainian-Polish state border were made by Russian means of destruction.”