Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says real position of Ukraine will be determined by the US

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Sunday that some in his ministry have suggested negotiating directly with the United States in regards to Ukraine, given the purported influence that Washington wields on Kyiv's position in the talks.Lavrov nevertheless said that Moscow will continue speaking with the Ukrainian negotiation team, but reprimanded them for what he perceived as unprofessionalism, including Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's supposed disinterest in the progress of the talks.Lavrov's comments come after reports emerged that Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken off the table any possibility of signing an agreement with Ukraine following the damaging sinking of the Black Sea Fleet flagship Moskva.Earlier in the week, a high-ranking military official said that Russia's aim was to control Ukraine's entire south to make a continuous corridor between the Russian mainland and Moldova's Russian-majority breakaway region of Transnistria.

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