Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov branded Ukraine’s calls for an immediate meeting in the Normandy format in case of refusal to fulfill the Minsk agreements as “foreign policy schizophrenia.”
“The Normandy format must carry out the work entrusted to it by the leaders of the four states, this means creating conditions for the concrete implementation of the Minsk agreements in their entirety and consistency,” he said at a press conference on Thursday.
“When the Ukrainian side, out of the mouth of their foreign minister, calls for a meeting in the Normandy format as soon as possible, and at the same time other members of the Ukrainian leadership declare that they will not fulfill these agreements – it is such a split in consciousness, foreign policy schizophrenia, this is being observed,” he added.
The minister drew attention to the fact that Ukraine is adopting laws that “pull the plug on the Minsk agreements.”
“Otherwise, it is difficult to characterize the law that prohibits the use of the Russian language, as well as the law that is being discussed in the Verkhovna Rada (the Ukrainian parliament – TASS) concerning amnesties, the special status of Donbass and the special procedure for organizing elections there,” Lavrov noted.
Lavrov noted that a meeting in the Normandy format does not make sense until it is put on record that the implementation of the Minsk agreements will be discussed there.
“As soon as we establish clearly and unambiguously that the Normandy format will continue to do nothing other than the implementation of the Minsk agreements, instead of an attempt to rewrite them or involve other countries, it hardly makes sense to get together,” he said.