“Time will tell,” Lavrov told reporters at the United Nations. “I doubt that the Ukrainians will be prepared to agree to any kind of settlement.”
Trump’s stated confidence that he could end the war overnight if reelected drew an anxious response from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who acknowledged last week his worry that Trump would try to dictate the outcome. Lavrov, who characterized Zelensky as “relatively rude when he commented on Trump’s comments,” maintained an agnostic outlook on Trump’s boast.
“There are lots of things that happen, lots of statements, day in, day out,” he said through a U.N. interpreter.