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Talks should be held with Washington, not Kiev — Russian envoy

Russia's permanent representative to the UN announced Moscow's readiness to seek a diplomatic solution to the conflict

UNITED NATIONS, February 23. /TASS/. Negotiations on settling the Ukrainian crisis should be held with Washington nowadays, not with Kiev, and Moscow is ready to seek a diplomatic solution, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya said at a special session on Ukraine of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday.

"The quest to resolve this entire situation fraught with the most negative consequences for all of mankind in the event of a direct confrontation between Russia and NATO should now be held not between Russia and Ukraine anymore but between Russia and the collective West, above all, with Washington which is behind the Kiev regime," the diplomat said. "We are ready to seek a serious and long-term diplomatic solution to this crisis and have repeatedly stated this," he added.

"Our opponents have not yet gotten over their futile illusions of defeating a nuclear power," the envoy noted. "This is why we also have to deal militarily with the factors that forced us to launch the special military operation a year ago," he explained.