Earlier, Merkel, in an interview with Die Zeit, said that the agreement signed in Minsk in 2014 “was an attempt to give Ukraine time to prepare for war with Russia.”
Lavrov, speaking about this interview with the former German chancellor, noted that long before the end of her work as German chancellor, Merkel discussed with Putin the need to resolve special status issues in a direct dialogue between Kyiv, Donetsk and Lugansk. . . She then said that, in fact, Moscow decides everything in the Donbass and Moscow must negotiate with Kyiv.
“So this is not an epiphany at all and this is not a last-minute wish to keep up with the train, which is picking up a Russophobic pace. It was deeply ingrained,” Lavrov said in an interview with the Big Game program. on Channel One.
Lavrov added that the West declared war on Russia a long time ago, just after the coup in Ukraine. The coup, according to the minister, “was orchestrated by the United States” and would have had the support of the European Union even after the Minsk agreements. Nobody was going to fulfill them, of which Merkel spoke.