“The risk of the peace talks collapsing is very high“, interfax quoted Mr. Zelensky as saying.
The Ukrainian leader also praised President Biden’s April 28 offer of additional aid to Ukraine. The package is nearly 10 times the aid Washington has provided since Russia’s military campaign began on February 24.
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said lawmakers hope to pass a $33 billion aid package “as soon as possible”.
Russia and Ukraine have not participated in face-to-face peace talks since March 29, only exchanging views online. The atmosphere between the two sides has escalated lately.
In an April 29 statement on the state of negotiations, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused Ukraine of not being an “honest” negotiator.
“I believe we conducted these negotiations in good faith, unlike the representatives of Ukraine who are constantly changing their positions. They are constantly making contradicting statements to each other these days. day after day‘ Mr Lavrov said.
Russia’s foreign minister blamed the deadlock on negotiations between the two sides because of Ukraine’s dependence on countries like Britain and the United States.
The Russian-Ukrainian fighting is entering its ninth week. Ukrainian officials say Russia is stepping up its offensive in eastern and southern Ukraine, while Moscow has warned of retaliation for any further Western intervention.
In conversation with Al-ArabiyaLavrov reiterated Kiev’s previous statements that Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine will end once its goals are achieved.
“This campaign will be completed once the goals are reached and achieved”, commented Mr. Lavrov.
According to the Russian foreign minister, the aim of the Russian operation has been publicly stated, which is to defend the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, to ensure that the security of the people of those countries is not endangered. this place, as well as ensuring the security of Russia in front of the territory of Ukraine.
Lavrov also stressed that foreign arms shipments to Ukraine are all legitimate targets, meaning Russia could attack. According to him, these are weapons used by the Ukrainian government against the people in the east of the country.