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Russia vs. Ukraine: Moscow would be willing to negotiate, but would not accept a ceasefire, Lavrov said

The Russian Foreign Minister spoke during a press conference after his speech at the UN General Assembly in New York

The Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov said today, Saturday, September 23, that Your country is ready to return to the negotiating table with Ukraine, but that they won’t think about it “No proposal for a ceasefire.”

“(Russian President Vladimir) Putin has made it clear that we are ready to negotiate. But “We will not consider a proposal for a ceasefire because we have already made it once and were deceived,” he said. Lavrov said this during a press conference after his speech at the UN General Assembly in New York.

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The minister recalled that there had already been meetings between Russian and Ukrainian delegations in April last year and accused Kiev of relying on an expansion of the military conflict in order to “tire” Russia.

Lavrov also accused the United States and Western nations of prolonging the conflict Guerra for refusing to consider a peace proposal that deviates from the official position of the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky which involves Russia’s complete withdrawal from Ukrainian territory and the “full restoration” of its sovereignty.

This proposal is not feasible, Lavrov said. “Do you want (the negotiations) to take place on the battlefield? Very good, then it will take place on the battlefield.” he assured.

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Dark clouds over the grain deal with Ukraine

The Russian also spoke on another important topic in which the HIM tried to mediate: the acquaintance “Grain Agreement” to facilitate the movement of Russian and Ukrainian grain and Russian fertilizers through a secure corridor in the Black Sea that Moscow has not renewed.

Lavrov pointed to U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres’s proposals to facilitate Russian financial transactions through a subsidiary of the Russian Agrarian Bank in Luxembourg to revive the deal, saying they “wouldn’t work.”

“We do not reject them,” Lavrov said, “they are simply not realistic.” The minister explained that the Luxembourg subsidiary proposed by Guterres had not even received a banking license to operate.

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Lavrov’s appearance largely focused on accuse Washington and its NATO allies of wanting to maintain the “status quo” out of fear of a “new world order.” with greater participation from the countries of the Global South, a common message from the Russian UN delegation since the beginning of the invasion.

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