Russia-Germany Talks: Change of Kremlin's rhetoric as Lavrov and Steinmeier meet to discuss Ukraine
Politics20:58 Aug. 15, 2016

Change of Kremlin's rhetoric as Lavrov and Steinmeier meet to discuss Ukraine

Russian FM says there is no interest in severing diplomatic ties with Ukraine

Russia has changed its rhetoric on its relations with Ukraine. Not long ago, Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin was refusing from holding Normandy format talks, while premier Dmitry Medvedev threatened with the severance of diplomatic ties between the two neighbouring countries.

Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of Russia: "If there is no other means left to influence the situation, the president can perhaps make such a decision."

Read also What if Russia cuts off diplomatic ties with Ukraine?

However, as of Monday, the tone of Russia's official line is different.

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said he did not think anyone would be interested in cutting off the diplomatic relations right now.

Moreover, during a meeting with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier, he promised Moscow will try to influence the so-called people's republics in eastern Ukraine.

Sergey Lavrov, Foreign Minister of Russia: "Russia will follow its part of the way and will set the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics on a constructive direction."

Read also: Ukraine gears up for massive provocations along Donbas contact line

However, Kremlin still insists Ukraine was planning a terrorist attack in Crimea, claiming it has proof. So far, Russia has detained nine people allegedly involved in preparations for diversive acts.

Read also Russia to influence separatist leaders to follow Minsk peace protocol - Russian FM

During a joint press conference with Lavrov, the German foreign minister stated that apart from Kremlin's claims, his government did not receive any independent information on Ukraine alledgedly planning terrorist attacks in Crimea.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Foreign Minister of Germany: "After the latest escalation in Crimea, I believe that Minsk agreements remain the main framework for conflict regulation."

Steinmeier has earlier said he expected Ukraine and Russia to refrain from any steps that could lead to further deterioration of the situation in Crimea.

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