Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine
Ukraine to Russia – are a brotherly people, Lavrov assured.
Moscow hopes that the national dialogue in Ukraine will start the next phase of the Minsk agreement, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with NTV television on Sunday, October 19, the TASS news agency reports.
“We cannot lose Ukraine, in as much as it is not a group of individuals who have committed a coup and seized power, not those Nazis who continue to march in Kyiv and other major cities, resorting to acts of vandalism, destroying monuments and glorifying Hitler’s henchmen. Ukraine is for us – the same close, brotherly people who have shared with us historical, cultural, philosophical and civilizational roots, not to mention language and literature,” – said Lavrov.
According to him, what is happening now in the relations between the presidents (Poroshenko and Putin – Ed.), confirms that the way out of the current crisis will be found and that Russia will help their “Ukrainian brothers to agree on how they equip their own country.”
“We will support all efforts to implement the agreements reached, including Minsk, which began to be implemented, as well as those achieved with the participation of Russia, the USA and the EU in April in Geneva,” – the head of Russian diplomacy assured.
Earlier, Lavrov said that Russia contributes to the Minsk agreement not in order to get rid of anti-Russian sanctions. According to him, peace in Ukraine is in Russia’s national interests, and Western sanctions are illegal.