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Russian Foreign Minister: Moscow Ready for Dialogue To Stop Use of Ukraine as a Proxy

Russian FM Sergei Lavrov at a UN Security Council meeting. UN Photo Evan Schneider

Russia is interested in dialogue with anyone who is interested in stopping the use of Ukraine as a proxy against Russia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told CBS in a Jan. 22 interview after the UN security Council meeting on Ukraine yesterday.

“Anybody who is sincerely interested in justice, including justice being established in the relations between Russia and Ukraine, which would involve, of course, stopping the Western policy of using Ukraine as an instrument of war against Russia, we would be ready to listen to,” he said in the interview, posted to the Ministry’s website.

Lavrov recounted a remark by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who “repeatedly said that it is not true when somebody is saying that Russia is against negotiations. Actually, [U.S. Secretary of State] Antony Blinken said this in Davos a few days ago. It is not true,,” Lavrov maintained, and insisted that “Russia was always emphasizing that any serious proposal which would include the discussion of the situation on the ground of the origin of this situation and of reaching a solution which would guarantee legitimate national interests of Russia and Ukrainian people.”