Lavrov: US not ready to take practical steps on peace settlement in Ukraine
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According to the foreign minister, the United States created the situation in Ukraine “by way of its strategic course to oppose the objective formation of a multipolar world, to maintain its hegemony, and subjugate anyone and everyone to its will”
The US is not ready either at this stage or in the foreseeable future for any kind of constructive action with regard to the settlement in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a news conference on Thursday following talks with Ugandan counterpart Jeje Odongo.
“The United States is not ready either at this stage or, in my opinion, in the foreseeable future, for any constructive action regarding the settlement of the situation in Ukraine, which they themselves created the conditions for over many years,” he said.
🇷🇺🇺🇦🇺🇸 Ukraine is US's obedient instrument in Washington’s goal of subjugating everyone and everything – Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov following meeting with Ugandan counterpart in Moscow.https://t.co/uYdbv4NH86 pic.twitter.com/CnrAw2xyEE— Sinnaig (@Sinnaig) May 18, 2023
According to Lavrov, the United States created the situation in Ukraine “by way of its strategic course to oppose the objective formation of a multipolar world, to maintain its hegemony, and subjugate anyone and everyone to its will.” “Ukraine is used as an obedient instrument within the framework of this course,” the foreign minister stressed.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on May 16 that Russian and Ukrainian authorities had agreed to receive an African delegation to seek a peaceful resolution to the conflict. Ramaphosa spoke on behalf of six African nations: Egypt, Zambia, the Republic of Congo, Senegal, Uganda and South Africa. When asked to comment on the South African initiative, White House National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby said that the US was ready to support any initiative for a peaceful settlement in Ukraine once it was first supported by Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky.
[Top image: Uganda’s Foreign Minister Jeje Odongo (L) and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov© Valery Sharifulin/TASS]