Times: British Foreign Minister would like to hold talks with Lavrov in Moscow According to sources of the publication, Liz Truss would like to discuss with her Russian colleague the situation on the Russian-Ukrainian border
British Foreign Minister Liz Truss may plan visit to Moscow for talks with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, writes The Times, citing sources.
According to one of the interlocutors of the publication, the trip may take place in early February. At the same time, nothing is known about specific plans yet.
“For that, some things will have to happen first, but Liz [Truss] wants to visit [Russia] and will consider doing so if the timing is right and [the visit] helps us achieve our goals,” & mdash; one of the sources told The Times.
According to the newspaper, during the visit, the minister intends to call on Russia to “ stop unprovoked aggression '' in relation to Ukraine.
As the newspaper notes, the trip, if it takes place, will be the first visit of the head of the Foreign Office to Russia since 2017. Then Boris Johnson visited the country (at that time he was the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs).
Western media at the end of last year began to write about the impending “ invasion '' Russia to Ukraine, referring to the concentration of Russian troops near the border of the two countries. The Kremlin denied this information more than once. The West threatened Russia with harsh sanctions in the event of an attack on Ukraine.
On January 12, Brussels hosted a meeting of the Russia Council & mdash; NATO. The parties discussed Russia's proposals in the field of security, including on the non-expansion of NATO to the east. The alliance said that Russia cannot veto Ukraine's accession to it. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, who represented Moscow at the talks, commenting on Western concerns about the “ invasion '' Russia to Ukraine, once again stressed that the country is not planning military aggression.
Trass, in a statement following the meeting, called “ Russia's military build-up on the border with Ukraine ''; unacceptable and stated that attacking a neighboring state would have been a “ huge strategic mistake '' from Russia. The minister called on Moscow to de-escalate and resolve the situation through negotiations.
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