28 Nov 2018 21:23

U.S. call on EU not to ease sanctions on Russia shows U.S.' desire to indulge Kyiv - Lavrov

GENEVA. Nov 28 (Interfax) - Washington's calls on the European Union not to ease sanctions on Russia illustrate how the U.S. indulges all of Kyiv's provocations, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

"I think this, of course, reflects Washington's desire to indulge the Kyiv regime's actions, even spur it into taking provocative activities. This is regrettable," Lavrov said on Wednesday after talks with his Swiss counterpart, Ignazio Cassis.

"The Russian president talked about this recently. Too many factors are piling up that show that Washington and European capitals are prepared to carry out any whim of the Kyiv regime," Lavrov said.

"I would very much like Washington's Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker to fulfill the functions of a representative, i.e. aim to secure an agreement between the sides, primarily between Kyiv and Luhansk and Donetsk," Lavrov said.

"So far Mr. Volker has been playing the part of a staunch supporter of any provocative acts by the Kyiv regime," the minister said.