“The point is simple: Fulfil them for your own good. Otherwise, the issue will be decided by the Russian army.”
It is 10 months since Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine and, with no serious peace talks for months, there is little end in sight.
“It is no secret to anyone that the strategic goal of the United States and its NATO allies is to defeat Russia on the battlefield as a mechanism for significantly weakening or even destroying our country,” Lavrov told TASS.
Millions of Ukrainians have fled their country and millions of those left behind are without electricity due to Russian attacks on critical infrastructure.
Putin has warned the military action is “defending our national interests…protect(ing) our citizens” and any negotiations must be on terms set by the Kremlin.
Ukraine says this would be unacceptable, as it would mean bowing to Russian demands and accepting Putin’s annexation of four Ukrainian regions.
As recently as Saturday Russian shells pummeled the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson, killing seven people and injuring 58 more in the city Moscow’s forces were forced to abandon last month.