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Russia says ready for talks if Ukraine 'lays down arms'

Russian President Vladimir Putin "took the decision to conduct a special military operation to demilitarise and de-Nazify Ukraine so that, freed from oppression, Ukrainians themselves could freely determine their future", Sergei Lavrov said at a press conference in Moscow.

February 25, 2022 / 04:32 PM IST

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday Moscow was ready for talks if Ukraine's military surrendered, as he insisted that invading forces were looking to free the country from "oppression".

Russian President Vladimir Putin "took the decision to conduct a special military operation to demilitarise and de-Nazify Ukraine so that, freed from oppression, Ukrainians themselves could freely determine their future", Lavrov said at a press conference in Moscow.

The comment suggested that Moscow intends to overthrow the Ukrainian authorities with its invasion.

Lavrov said Moscow was ready for talks with Kyiv if the Ukrainian army surrenders.