Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday that he was open to negotiations with the West on how to solve some problems, including the blockade of Ukrainian grain at the Black Sea port, but “they don’t want to talk. If so, it’s their choice. “
The conflict between Russia and Ukraine and its food security and energy implications dominated a private rally in Bali, Indonesia. The G20 meeting ended without a joint statement or announcement that an agreement had been reached.
This forum was the first face-to-face meeting between Russia and the most intense critics from the West, including US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
“It wasn’t us who stopped contacting each other. This was done by the United States. We didn’t chase anyone and offered to meet. If they don’t want to talk, it’s their choice.” Lavrov was quoted. TASS said at the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.
“We are ready to negotiate with colleagues in Ukraine and Turkey. If we are talking about Ukrainian grain, Ukraine has all the solutions. Ukraine unblocks the harbor or mines. It needs to be removed or safely passed through the minefield, “he added. ..
Foreign Ministers said the United States is trying to force the whole world, including Europe, to abandon cheaper energy sources and switch to more expensive ones.
“Russia is ready to fulfill all its obligations regarding the supply of cheap energy,” he added. Lavrov has accused Western countries of adopting doublethink in Ukraine, TASS reported.
“I gave my Western colleagues the freedom to remind them of what they said the previous month and eventually asked them to decide what they wanted,” he pointed out. “The Western doublethink shows that ideology comes first, rather than concerns about security in Ukrainians, Ukraine, and Europe in general,” Lavrov emphasized.
He also said, “If the West does not want to negotiate, but Ukraine wants to defeat Russia on the battlefield, there is probably nothing to talk to the West, as both views have been expressed.” Emphasized.
At the meeting, Mr. Labrov called for an agreement on Western countries to “avoid following the G20 mission, focus on global economic issues and pave the way for UN sustainable development solutions. Immediately after they spoke, they began to blame Russia. An enthusiastic attitude towards the situation in Ukraine. ”
Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said Friday the G7’s plan to boycott Russia at the G20 in Bali failed. She commented on a statement by German Foreign Minister Annarena Barbock on allegations of Lavrov’s non-participation in the G20 event, according to Sputnik’s press.
Baerbock told bystanders of the event in Bali that Lavrov’s actions in a meeting with a G20 colleague showed that Russian authorities did not show preparations for a “millimeter” of negotiations.
“From the moment the G20 meeting began, Lavrov was in the hall, and about two hours later, he started bilateral talks with a colleague in the same forum in the next room. Other ministers said that the face-to-face forum was exactly this. Held for-for meetings and contacts. Otherwise, everyone would connect online or send a speech, “Zakarowa said in Telegram.
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