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Russia not rejecting security of Ukrainians, willing to discuss guarantees — Lavrov

Moscow is willing to discuss the security guarantees of Ukraine along with the security guarantees of European countries and the security of Russia, the Russian Foreign Minister noted

ANTALYA, March 10. /TASS/. Russia does not want to reject the security of the Ukrainian people and is willing to discuss guarantees to Ukraine along with security guarantees to Europe and Russia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Thursday following the talks with Ukrainian and Turkish Foreign Ministers Dmitry Kuleba and Mevlut Cavusoglu.

"[Russian President Vladimir] Putin has repeatedly said that while insisting on non-expansion of NATO, we do not want to reject the Ukrainian people, the Ukrainian state security. We are willing to discuss the security guarantees of Ukraine along with the security guarantees of European countries and, of course, the security of Russia," Lavrov maintained.

"Judging by the statements by the President [of Ukraine Vladimir] Zelensky, the understanding of this approach is beginning to make its way, it is encouraging," the minister added.

According to Lavrov, Moscow has been drawing attention for many years to the fact that Ukraine is made as "anti-Russia".

Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 24 said in an early morning televised address he had launched a special military operation in Ukraine in response to a request for help from the leaders of the Donbass republics. He stressed that Moscow had no plans for an occupation of Ukrainian territories. The sole purpose is the country’s demilitarization and denazification. The Russian Defense Ministry has said that its forces are not attacking cities, key military infrastructures being its main targets. The civilian population is not at risk, the Defense Ministry said.