He said Kiev-Donbas direct dialogue is necessary for solution of the existing problems, adding that the negotiations of all formats should contribute to this process.
Noting that Moscow will support any formats of negotiations meeting the interests of the conflicting parties in Ukraine, Lavrov said along with this Russia considers it pointless to increase their number. He stressed that Moscow has proposals on the special status and constitutional reforms of Donbas region.
The Russian FM said the West’s attempts to isolate Russia will fail.
“We hear from our Western partners that Russia has to be isolated,” Lavrov said. “Specifically, Barack Obama has just repeated that. These attempts won’t be effective. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia will never resort to self-isolation,” Lavrov added.
The minister said Moscow is calling on Washington to resume cooperation that was thwarted last year.