Russian and British foreign ministers exchange barbs after frosty Moscow meeting
Russia’s foreign minister has described a two-hour meeting in Moscow with his British counterpart as “disappointing” and “a dialogue of a mute person with a deaf person”, as European countries engage in a diplomatic push to prevent another Russian attack on Ukraine’s territory.
Speaking to the press on Thursday, Sergei Lavrov said Liz Truss’s delegation had come “unprepared”, as he reiterated that the Russian military build-up around Ukraine posed no threat, and that Moscow’s security demands in Europe had been ignored. Meanwhile Truss demanded Russia withdraw the more than 100,000 troops massed on the border with Ukraine.
俄罗斯外长谢尔盖•拉夫罗夫(Sergei Lavrov)周四在对媒体发表讲话时表示，英国外交大臣利兹•特拉斯(Liz Truss)带队的访俄代表团“没有做好准备”，他重申，俄罗斯在乌克兰周边的军事集结不构成威胁，而莫斯科方面在欧洲的安全要求被忽视了。与此同时，特拉斯要求俄罗斯撤回目前集结在乌克兰边境的逾10万兵力。
Truss’s visit is the first by a UK foreign secretary to Russia in more than four years.