Lavrov denies claims of Russia seeking to derail Geneva meeting on Ukraine

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has advised against trusting claims made by the current authorities in Kiev that Russia allegedly seeks to disrupt a planned key four-party meeting on the Ukrainian crisis in Geneva.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has advised against trusting claims made by the current authorities in Kiev that Russia allegedly seeks to disrupt a planned key four-party meeting on the Ukrainian crisis in Geneva.

"When you hear those who today head the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry say that Russia is wary of the Geneva meeting and that Russia wants to derail it, do not believe them because this is not true," he said at a press conference after talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

"Furthermore, you should not believe statements made by the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry alleging that this meeting is not expected to address the internal Ukrainian crisis, but, instead, will allegedly center on steps that the Russian Federation should take. It is a blatant lie. We will gather there in order to discuss the Ukrainian crisis," Lavrov said.

"We have tentatively agreed upon an agenda, which includes, as I have already said, de-escalation, the disarmament of illegal units, constitutional reform and elections," Lavrov said.

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