Lavrov's diplomatic correspondence on the Normandy format has been published on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
On Wednesday, November 17, the Russian Foreign Ministry published letters from the French and German Foreign Ministers Jean-Yves Le Drian and Heiko Maas to their Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.
The diplomatic correspondence has appeared in the public domain on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Thus, the Russians are trying to convince the world that the position of the Russian side regarding the holding of the meeting in the Normandy format is allegedly constantly being misinterpreted.
“To prevent further speculation, the Russian Foreign Ministry decided to publish the primary sources and publish the diplomatic correspondence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov with the heads of the foreign affairs agencies of Germany and France G. Maas and J.-I. Le Drian,” the department said./p>
According to the published correspondence, Lavrov called the preparation of a final statement, the draft of which was proposed to the foreign ministers of Germany and France, as a condition for holding the “Normandy meeting”. This document speaks of the need for “direct dialogue between Kiev and Donetsk and Lugansk,” and the responsibility for violating the ceasefire rests with Ukraine.
In their response, the German and French foreign ministers noted that the statements of the Russian Federation do not correspond to reality, and some of the proposals the Russian sides are guaranteed will not be accepted in the Normandy format.
The main reason for such a “non-standard step”, as he called the publication confidential diplomatic correspondence, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, was a recent statement of support for Ukraine in Brussels, made after a meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba.
“In it, you threatened us with some” consequences “for the alleged attempts undermine the integrity of Ukraine, accused us of “yet another refusal” to participate in the ministerial meeting of the Normandy format … At the same time, you continue to ignore Kiev's sabotage of the Minsk agreements, “the angry statement reads. the letter with which Lavrov warned about the publication of letters from foreign ministers.
Let us remind you that earlier Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that his Western colleagues had received proposals for a meeting in the “Normandy format”.