"Russia in thesituation in Ukraine is not guided by geopolitical ambitions, thepriority is to save lives," Lavrov says.
On the question ofcontacts between the leaders of the breakaway "republics" and somemembers of the Russian political and business elite, Lavrov saidthat these relations are explained by common roots dating back tothe Soviet Union.
"As regards theconnection, they can be explained very simply: about 90% of theestablishment came from one country - the Soviet Union," hesaid.
Lavrov also saidthat Russia supports the efforts of Kyiv for the national dialoguein Ukraine to resolve the conflict.
"We support theefforts that are now underway to begin, let it be at least amediated dialogue," he said and added that it is necessary to goon to direct negotiations.