“Let's be clear that Russia started this war and Russia is the stone that hinders a peaceful settlement.

They began to violate the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine, ”he said at a joint briefing with his Ukrainian counterpart Andriy Taran.

According to TASS, Taran, in turn, said that Kiev expects further support for its independence from the United States.

Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the dialogue between Moscow and Washington on Ukraine was resumed after the visit to Russia by US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland.

Nuland was in Russia from 11 to 13 October as part of a working visit.

She held meetings with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and Deputy Chief of Staff of the Russian President's Administration Dmitry Kozak, as well as with Assistant to the Russian President Yuri Ushakov.

As Nuland herself said, negotiations with the Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Russia Dmitry Kozak on the Minsk Agreements were productive.

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