Ukraine modifies draft peace deal on Crimea — RT EN

7 Apr 2022 10:16 p.m

Ukraine is deviating from earlier agreements in a new draft peace agreement, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced on Thursday. According to him, the Ukrainian side has changed its position regarding the Crimean peninsula.

The draft peace deal that Ukraine presented to Russia on April 6 differs from what was proposed at the peace talks in Istanbul, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday.

Ukraine had previously promised that the security guarantees discussed would not apply to Crimea. However, this clause is missing in the new version of the agreement. Instead of clear definitions, “vague formulations” would be offered. Further he said:

Non-negotiability once again marks Kiev’s real intentions, its line of delaying negotiations and even undermining them by deviating from the agreements reached.

Ukraine is controlled by Washington and its allies, who are urging President Vladimir Zelensky to continue hostilities, Lavrov surmised in a video comment published on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website. Nevertheless, the negotiations should continue, the minister stressed.

In addition, the chief diplomat said that in the previous version of the document, it was agreed that all military exercises involving foreign contingents would be conducted only with the consent of all protecting powers, including Russia. The draft treaty that was received yesterday is no longer about all protecting powers, but about the majority of countries. Russia is not explicitly mentioned.

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