Lavrov: Russia not interested in severing diplomatic relations with Ukraine
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said that "no one" is interested in severing diplomatic relations with Ukraine, and it would be an extreme measure, according to Russian news agency TASS.
"I don't think we are in a situation where somebody is interested in severing diplomatic relations. It would be an extreme measure," Lavrov said at a joint press conference with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Yekaterinburg on Monday, TASS wrote.
"It is essential not to succumb to emotions and not opt for some extreme actions, but to display reserve and concentration to achieve stabilization," he said.
Read alsoGerashchenko: Moscow has long-severed diplomatic relations with Ukraine"I'm for focusing on efforts to return the situation in all of its aspects – those of security and political settlement – to the sequence and essence of the Minsk Accords," Lavrov said. "It's not about Crimea, it's about the east of Ukraine."
Lavrov said that Germany and Steinmeier personally had done a great deal for the sake of achieving the implementation of Minsk-2.
"At the Normandy Quartet's summit there has emerged such a term as the 'Steinmeier formula.' Frank-Walter invented it for identifying practical and universally acceptable ways of implementing the task set in the Minsk Accords to grant a special status to Donbas," Lavrov said.
"We actively supported that," Lavrov said. "But the authorities in Kyiv have now hindered the implementation of the 'Steinmeier formula.' They wish to revise the Minsk Accords once again."