Russia says Ukraine’s proximity to NATO hampers negotiations

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Saturday that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s attempt to seek direct help from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in the conflict between the two countries is not helping. in the negotiations.

“Mr Zelensky’s constant angry statements do not increase optimism,” Lavrov told reporters on Saturday.

Specifically, he mentioned Zelensky’s criticism of the Western military alliance on Friday for refusing to intervene in the conflict by preventing Russian missiles and warplanes from using Ukraine’s airspace.

“My point is, if he is so angry that NATO has not intervened on his behalf, as he expected, then he hopes to resolve the conflict by involving NATO in all this, and not through negotiations,” Lavrov said.

Earlier, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said he hoped to open talks with Lavrov, but only if they were “meaningful”.

Source: CNN Brasil

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