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Switzerland unsuitable for consultations on Ukraine, Russia says

Moscow, Apr 19 (Prensa Latina) Switzerland is no longer a suitable country to host peace consultations on Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.

“Switzerland is simply not suitable for us. It is not a neutral state, it has gone from being neutral to being openly hostile,” Lavrov said Friday in an interview to Sputnik, Govorit Moskva and Komsomolskaya Pravda broadcasters.

As for the so-called peace formula of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, the Foreign Minister said it should be rejected and called for basing consultations on proposals that take into account the Russian position.

Moscow, he continued, in this context supports the position of China, which has declared itself in favor of convening an international peace conference on the resolution of the Ukrainian crisis, which will be recognized by both Moscow and Kiev and will enjoy the equal participation of all parties.

Since February 24, 2022, Russia has been carrying out a special military operation in Ukraine whose objectives, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin, are to protect the population from “genocide by the current authorities in Kiev”.

It also seeks to address the national security risks posed by the advance of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to the east. The last round of talks between Moscow and Kiev to reach an agreement on ending hostilities took place on March 29, 2022 in the Turkish city of Istanbul, and since then the countries have not resumed them.