Moscow [Russia]: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Volodymyr Zelenskyy is trying to provoke a conflict between Russia and NATO.
“I have a question. If he (Zelenskyy) is so upset that NATO did not step up for him as he hoped, it means that he did hope for the conflict’s resolution though the involvement of NATO in this whole affair, rather than by negotiating,” Lavrov told a briefing.
“So it turns out that he doesn’t hear the constant assertions coming from Washington, Paris, Berlin and other capitals that NATO is not going to intervene in this conflict. And it turns out that he is seeking to provoke a conflict involving NATO, between NATO and Russia,” the minister added.
Earlier, Russian forces had said it will stop firing at 10 am Moscow time to allow humanitarian corridors out of the Ukrainian cities of Mariupol and Volnovakha, Russia’s defence ministry said, Interfax reported.
But the city officials noted that due to the fact that Russian side did not adhere to the ceasefire and continued shelling both of Mariupol itself and its environs and for security reasons, the evacuation of the civilian population has been postponed.”