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Russia deputy foreign minister: Neither the West nor Kiev needs peace

Moscow, May 4 (Prensa Latina) Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Galuzin expressed doubts on the interest of the West and Zelensky’s government in achieving peace in Ukraine.

“Neither the West nor Kiev needs peace in Ukraine. If they wanted that, there would be a constructive reaction, not an arrogantly negative one, to the proposal made by our country at the end of 2021 to reach an agreement on security guarantees between Russia and the United States and an agreement on security measures between Russia and NATO,” Galuzin said.

In statements to the Izvestia newspaper, the diplomat warned that the encouragement of Western countries (to Ukraine’s government) by sending weapons to support the Ukrainian counteroffensive is a far cry from proposals of mediation made by China or Brazil.

“Recklessly and absolutely irresponsibly supplying Kiev with modern Western weapons and promoting their ideas of a counteroffensive, will only lead to bloodshed and a further escalation of the conflict,” he said.

He reminded that negotiations on a peaceful settlement were held in March and April last year at the request of the Ukrainian side, but in mid-April 2022 Kiev withdrew and “interrupted them at the orders of its Western mentors.”

“There are no prerequisites to return to the process of starting negotiations and political and diplomatic methods to solve the Ukraine crisis. If we assume the process will be reopened now, it will be carried out under different conditions”, he stressed.

According to Galuzin, the promises to accept Ukraine and Georgia into NATO made during the 2008 NATO summit evidenced a hostile project against Russia.

“None of the objectives against our State are achievable,” he concluded.