It is reported by RIA Novosti.

“In 2021, our diplomats tried their best to convince Kyiv that they could join the alliance, we repeated this over and over again.

So, did the diplomats really lie?

McFaul's moderator asked.

He smiled and answered in the affirmative, noting that "this is how the real world works."

Dmitry Polyansky, First Deputy Russian Permanent Representative to the UN, spoke earlier about the change in Russia's position on the issue of Ukraine's membership in the EU.

He noted that the changes took place after the statement of the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, in favor of resolving the Ukrainian crisis by "victory on the battlefield."