Russia does not require Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to “surrender,” but he must stop issuing criminal orders to “his neo-Nazi battalions,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
According to Lavrov, Zelensky can bring peace if he forces the militants of the National Battalion to release all civilians and stop resistance.
“We do not demand that he surrender. We demand that he give the order to release all civilians and stop the resistance,” the minister said in an interview with the Italian television company Mediaset.
At the same time, Russia wants to ensure the security of people in eastern Ukraine so that they “are not threatened by either the militarization or the nazification of this country,” and there are no threats to the security of the Russian Federation from the territory of Ukraine, Lavrov said.
In early March, the Russian Defense Ministry warned that the President of Ukraine had lost control over Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance groups with the participation of foreign mercenaries.
According to MP Mikhail Sheremet, the Ukrainian president has also completely lost control over the nationalist battalions, which act on the basis of their own interests.