Ukraine: Moscow will achieve its goals through 'patience', says Lavrov | War in Ukraine

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Ukraine: Moscow will achieve its goals through “patience”, says Lavrov | War in Ukraine

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he was “convinced” that Russia would achieve its goals in Ukraine through “patience” and “stubbornness”, including the recognition of four Ukrainian regions including Moscow claims annexation.

I am confident that through our stubbornness, patience and determination, we will defend our noble goals, which are vital for our people and our country, Mr. Lavrov said during from an interview broadcast on Russian television channel Pervy Kanal on Wednesday.

This while always remaining open to fair dialogue and agreements to ensure equal and indivisible security in Europe, he continued.

However, he recalled that the resumption of a dialogue with kyiv necessarily required recognition, by Ukraine, of the annexation by Russia from four Ukrainian regions (Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporizhia, Kherson).

An inalienable part of these conditions [for finding a diplomatic solution] is that the four regions belong to the Russian Federation, Lavrov said, adding that Moscow must of course conquer all of these. four territories that are currently not fully controlled by the Russian military.

For Ukraine, the return of these regions is a condition for any negotiations with Russia.

These regions must be freed from the threat of Nazification they have endured for many years, Sergei Lavrov said, echoing the Kremlin's rhetoric that the Russian-speaking populations of Ukraine must be protected from alleged Nazis in power in Kyiv.

There is no rush, as Russian President Vladimir Putin said. We want to end this war that the West has prepared and unleashed against us through Ukraine as quickly as possible, Lavrov told Russian television.

On the day of these statements by the head of Russian diplomacy, the French Minister for the Armed Forces, S├ębastien Lecornu, assured from kyiv that his country was working to meet Ukrainian military needs for the weeks to come.

French Minister for the Armed Forces S├ębastien Lecornu and his Ukrainian counterpart Oleksii Reznikov at a press conference in kyiv

Mr. Lecornu also met President Volodymyr Zelensky at a midday working meeting.

According to a statement from the Ukrainian Presidency, Volodymyr Zelensky briefed Mr. Lecornu on the situation at the front and the urgent defense needs of the Ukrainian army.

In front of the press, the French minister evoked the innovative fund of 280 million dollars which allows Ukraine to buy equipment directly from French industrialists, according to the priorities of the country. Ukraine to face the Russian army.

Furthermore, the French and Ukrainian leaders raised the problem of repairing Western military equipment damaged on the battlefield. Maintaining what has been donated to Ukraine is just as important as new equipment, Lecornu said.

Anti-aircraft warfare and defense, artillery systems such as the French Caesars, ammunition and armored vehicle supply, as well as the fight against drones Iranians are currently among the priorities of the Ukrainian army, Ukrainian authorities have argued.

Paris has said it is considering supplying kyiv with more surface-to-air missiles.

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