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Russian foreign minister says he is open to a meeting between Putin and Biden at the G20

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that Moscow would not refuse a meeting between President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden at the next G20 meeting and would consider the proposal if it received one.

Speaking on state television, Lavrov said Russia was open to listening to any suggestions for peace talks. However, he could not say in advance what this process would lead to.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that the United States has long been involved in the war in Ukraine.

“It seems to me that the Americans have been de facto participants in this war for a long time,” Lavrov told Russian state television. “This war is controlled by the Anglo-Saxons.”

Lavrov said officials including White House national security spokesman John Kirby said the United States was open to talks but Russia refused.

“It’s a lie,” Lavrov said. “We haven’t received any serious offers to get in touch.”

Lavrov said in an interview on state television that Russia was willing to discuss with the United States or Turkey ways to end the eight-month-old war.

“We have repeatedly said that we never refuse meetings. If there is a proposal, we will consider it,” Lavrov said.

After a series of crushing defeats since the beginning of September that have changed the momentum of the conflict in favor of Ukraine, the Russian foreign minister has emphasized Russia’s receptivity to the talks.

He said that during their respective trips to Kazakhstan this week, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan would have the opportunity to make suggestions to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Lavrov mentioned that direct talks between Russia and Ukraine ended at the end of March. Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the president of Ukraine, said he would not speak to Putin because Russia said last month that it had annexed four parts of Ukraine that it partly occupied.

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