Lavrov: Bill renouncing Ukrainian neutral status plays into party of war hands

The proposals to expel Russia from the UN Security Council and a draft law renouncing the non-bloc status of Ukraine play into the hands of party of war supporters, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

The proposals to expel Russia from the UN Security Council and a draft law renouncing the non-bloc status of Ukraine play into the hands of party of war supporters, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

"Appeals for expelling Russia from permanent members of the UN Security Council, the same as the draft law loudly declaring the rejection of the off-bloc status and Petro Poroshenko's decree on the economic siege on the southeast are nothing but homage paid to the rhetoric desired by the party of war in Kyiv," Lavrov said at a press conference at the end of negotiations with his Serbian counterpart Ivica Dacic.

"It is a pity because this party really exists and members of this party of war appeal for a repeat of the Serbian Krajina operation in southeastern Ukraine," Lavrov said.

The armed operation in Serbian Krajina which did not recognize the jurisdiction of the Croatian government was held by Croatian military servicemen in the 1990s.

"It was said back then that the territorial integrity was restored by force and our Western partners not only accepted but also welcomed that," Lavrov said.

He said he proceeded from the premise of Poroshenko's unwavering support for an exclusively peaceful settlement in southeastern Ukraine.

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