Russia raised the conditions for negotiations before the peace conference on Ukraine
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Russia raised the conditions for negotiations before the peace conference on Ukraine

(Dan Tri) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced that Moscow will not participate in any events promoting Ukraine’s `peace formula`.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (Photo: Sputnik).

In an interview with Bosnia’s ATV television station broadcast on May 5, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Switzerland is `lying` about its readiness to invite Russia to attend the upcoming summit, scheduled for

`When our Swiss colleagues announced they wanted to invite Russia to the first conference, they were lying,` Mr. Lavrov said, adding that Moscow would not participate in any event promoting `

The Russian Foreign Minister stated that Moscow is `seriously` ready to negotiate, however, the negotiations must be based on the current `real` situation.

The actual situation that Russia is referring to is the annexation of territories including Zaporizhia, Kherson, Lugansk, and Donetsk into Russia in October 2022 and the annexation of the Crimea peninsula in 2014 after controversial referendums.

President Zelensky’s roadmap to resolve the Ukraine conflict has been promoted by him since 2022, which calls for the complete withdrawal of Russian forces from all territories claimed by Ukraine, requiring Moscow to pay

Foreign Minister Lavrov said that the West would `imitate the negotiations` at the summit proposed by Switzerland.

He said that the `peace plan` that the summit will focus on contains `a clearly delusional and anti-Russian nature`.

Moscow has not ruled out cooperation with Kiev, but has signaled that it has no intention of attending the event in Switzerland even if invited.

According to Switzerland, delegations invited to attend the summit include members of the G7, G20, BRICS, EU, international organizations and two religious representatives.

Although Bern is `firmly convinced` that a peace process without Russia is `unthinkable`, Moscow has not been invited `at this stage`, the Swiss Foreign Ministry stated last week.

Swiss authorities said that all participating countries `will be able to express their ideas and vision for a just and lasting peace in Ukraine`.

In April, Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized the Swiss summit, saying Moscow was ready for a diplomatic solution but that holding talks without Russia was `pointless.`

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova announced on May 2 that Moscow will not participate in the conference on Ukraine in Switzerland, or any other event related to the `peace formula` of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

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