Stingers, Javelin missiles sent to Kiev sold on black market: Lavrov
The Russian Foreign Minister says Ukraine has admitted that it prefers not to negotiate with Russia.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov pointed out Thursday that Stingers and Javelin missiles, supplied by the West to Kiev, were already being sold at a discount on the black market and have surfaced in Albania and Kosovo, which Russia has warned from for so long.
"It doesn’t hurt to take a closer look at what is already happening with the weapons available in Ukraine — the same Stingers, Javelins, they are already on the black market, they surfaced in Albania and Kosovo," he said in an interview for the NTV broadcaster.
Lavrov considered that the weapons "will return to a large extent to where they came from to Ukraine."
Kiev admitted it does not want negotiations with Moscow
The Russian Foreign Minister said that Ukraine has admitted that it prefers not to negotiate with Russia.
Lavrov told Russia’s NTV broadcaster that "lot at the staging of negotiations that failed after Istanbul: they [Kiev] simply signed that they do not want these negotiations."
"We still do not understand what kind of instruction [President Volodymyr] Zelenskyy receives from his masters in Washington, London," he expressed.
The top Russian diplomat indicated that there are attempts to create a "second Ukraine" from Moldova.
EU to undermine own criteria if membership granted to Ukraine
Lavrov considered that if the European Union grants membership to Ukraine, it will once again prove that the bloc is ready to ignore its own criteria in favor of geopolitical considerations.
"If Ukraine is given this roadmap to prepare for membership, it will only mean one thing that once again the European Union is ready to close its eyes to all its criteria, which have always existed for candidates and is ready to be guided solely by geopolitical considerations," he said.