MOSCOW, April 5. /TASS/. The false provocation in Bucha is geared to break down the Russian-Ukrainian talks, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday.
"The question is: what is the motive behind this openly false provocation, which cannot be justified? We are inclined to think that the reason is to find a pretext to break down the ongoing talks at the very moment when we see the light, although weak," he said.
According to the Russian top diplomat, for the first time in a period of the contacts between the delegations the Ukrainian side at the Istanbul talks on March 29 "presented its written vision of the would-be agreement" in what concerns Ukraine’s status and security guarantees.
"For the first time, the Ukrainian side committed to paper its readiness to proclaim its neutrality, its off-bloc and nuclear-free status. For the first time, it said it was ready to refuse from deploying foreign weapons and conduct drills involving foreign military on its territory without the consent from all the agreement’s guarantor nations," Lavrov said.
The Russian defense ministry on April 3 dismissed the Kiev regime’s charges its forces had allegedly killed civilians in the community of Bucha in the Kiev region. The ministry recalled that Russian forces left Bucha on March 30 while faked evidence of alleged killings was presented four days later, when Ukrainian security service SBU agents arrived in the locality. The Russian defense ministry also said that on March 31 Bucha’s Mayor Anatoly Fedoruk said in a video address that there were no Russian soldiers in the community. Nor did he mention any locals allegedly shot dead on the streets. Lavrov slammed the situation in Bucha as a "fake attack."
On Monday, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzya held an extraordinary news conference after the United Kingdom, the president of the UN Security Council in April, turned down Russia’s requests for a Security Council meeting on the situation in Bucha twice during the day. He demonstrated videos from Bucha shot immediately after the withdrawal of Russian troops from the city. There were no dead bodies on the streets on these videos.