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Russia accuses Ukraine of changing demands since Istanbul talks

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a meeting with his Iranian counterpart in Moscow on March 15, 2022. (Maxim Shemetov/Pool/AFP)
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a meeting with his Iranian counterpart in Moscow on March 15, 2022. (Maxim Shemetov/Pool/AFP)

Russia accuses Ukrainian negotiators of changing their demands since last month’s talks in Istanbul, claiming that Kyiv is not interested in ending fighting.

“Yesterday, the Ukrainian side presented its draft agreement… It shows a departure from the most important provisions spelled out at the meeting in Istanbul on March 29,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says. “We see this as a manifestation of the fact that the Kyiv regime is controlled by Washington and its allies, who are pushing President Volodymyr Zelensky to continue hostilities.”

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