At a press conference Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov rejected the accusations of sending troops and weaponry to the territory of Ukraine once again, saying that there is no evidence of it.
"As for the flow of troops and weaponry – we hear that all the time. I just say, if you state it with such certainty show the facts. No one can or wants to show us the facts," Lavrov says, obviously having forgotten, about the facts provided by NATO intelligence and other sources about the Malaysian airliner crash in the Donbas as a result of being hit by a missile launched from the Buk anti-missile system.
Also Lavrov said that the "rebels" have agreed to take weapons from the demarcation line and "now it is up to the Ukrainian authorities." According to Lavrov, Moscow felt that the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko was ready to discuss Russia's proposal to withdraw troops. "So far, we received verbal response of the Ukrainian President to the invitation of Vladimir Putin. We feel that he is ready to discuss it, but he raises technical problems," he said.
In addition, he said that Russia is ready for any formats to resolve the conflict in Ukraine, acceptable to Kyiv and the "representatives of the southeast."
At the forthcoming meeting of the foreign ministers in the "Norman format" Russia will talk about the urgent need to cease fire in the south-eastern Ukraine, Lavrov said. He added that "the Minsk agreements remain the basis of the conflict settlement."