Egyptian FM in Russia Passes Message to Lavrov From Blinken

Lavrov says Blinken said for Russia to 'stop' and 'quit' in Ukraine

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday said that his Egyptian counterpart delivered a message from Secretary of State Antony Blinken calling on Russia to “stop” its war in Ukraine.

Lavrov met with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in Moscow and told reporters that Shoukry “conveyed a message” from Blinken, who was in Cairo on Monday. “Russia is ready to listen to any serious proposal that is aimed at resolving the current situation in its comprehensive context,” Lavrov said, according to the Russian news agency TASS.

Lavrov said that the message was that Russia should “should stop, that Russia should quit, and then everything will be fine.” He said Blinken “omitted” something from the message, pointing to recent comments from NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, who called for Russia’s defeat in Ukraine.

“Everything is quite clear here. It’s not about Ukraine at all,” Lavrov said. He claimed the “Kiev regime” had no “independence” and only fulfills the will of “the United States and the rest of the West, which Washington has subjugated.”

While US and Ukrainian officials are demanding Russia withdraw from Ukraine, the condition is a non-starter for negotiations with Moscow. Adding to the unlikelihood of peace talks, Ukraine’s foreign minister has called for war crimes tribunals as a precondition, and Moscow insists any future peace deal must recognize the territory it annexed as Russian.

The State Department has abandoned diplomacy with Russia over the past year and has made no efforts to foster negotiations to end the war. Since Russia invaded Ukraine, Blinken and Lavrov have only held one known call, and the conversation was about a prisoner swap, not the conflict.

A few months ago, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, the highest-ranking US military officer, said the winter would provide a good time for peace talks. But reports at the time said that Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan disagreed.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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