Russia doesn't understand what policy changes West expects from it - Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has expressed surprise about the demands made in the West or changes in the Russian policies on Ukraine.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has expressed surprise about the demands made in the West or changes in the Russian policies on Ukraine.

"I have not seen or heard any political initiatives from our Western colleagues. They are saying one thing: Russia should change its policies, and there will be sanctions until it changes them. I don't know what they mean by policy changes," Lavrov told a briefing in Moscow on Monday.

Lavrov reiterated that Russia has actively proposed a number of initiatives on Ukraine.

"At the request of our Western colleagues, we backed the February 21 agreement and we initiated and actively participated in the work on the Geneva statement. We baked the OSCE roadmap, which the west refused to back," the minister said.

"We offered various forms of out observers' presence at border checkpoints, and the amount of time it took to decide on this easiest shows only one thing: the West is trying to hinder this process. I don't know why. Maybe they really don't want this transparency, even though they insist on it," Lavrov said.

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