Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov: Ukraine must “demilitarize”

kyiv (HPD) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned Tuesday that Ukraine must comply with Moscow’s demand to “demilitarize” and “denazify” itself, as well as eliminate the military threat to Russia, otherwise “the Russian army will solve the problem”.

The foreign minister also accused the West of fueling the war in Ukraine to weaken Russia, saying it is up to kyiv and Washington to decide how long the war, which began on February 24, will last.

“As for the duration of the conflict, the ball is on the side of the (Kievan) regime and Washington is behind it,” Lavrov told the state news agency Tass. “They can stop the senseless resistance at any time.”

For his part, Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak tweeted that “Russia needs to face reality.”

“Neither full mobilization, nor the search for ammunition in a panic, nor secret contracts with Iran, nor threats from Lavrov will help,” he said. “Ukraine will demilitarize the RF (Russian Federation) to the end, it will expel the invaders from all the occupied territories. Wait for the end in silence…”

A day earlier, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba told The Associated Press in an interview that his government wants a summit to end the war but does not expect Russia to participate.

Kuleba said Ukraine wants a “peace” summit within two months with UN Secretary General António Guterres acting as mediator. But he also pointed out that Russia must face a war crimes tribunal before her country speaks directly to Moscow.

For his part, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree banning oil exports to countries that support a price cap of $60 per barrel that was declared by the European Union and the Group of Seven countries in an attempt to for reducing Moscow’s income for this concept during the war. The ban will take effect in February and will run until July.

The price cap is higher than Russian oil has sold for in recent weeks, so the potential effects of Putin’s ban are uncertain.

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