Assertion of Russian International Minister Following Talks with Turkish International Minister

International Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and solutions to media questions following talks with International Minister…

International Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and solutions to media questions following talks with International Minister of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu and International Minister of Ukraine Dmitry Kuleba, Antalya

Women and gents,

At this time I had a gathering with the International Minister of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu. After that, we held a trilateral assembly with the International Minister of Ukraine Dmitry Kuleba at Turkey’s initiative. The thought was voiced by President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan throughout a dialog with President Vladimir Putin. We accepted that proposal of our Turkish colleagues as a result of we stand for any contacts on the basic points of the present Ukrainian disaster and on points related to on the lookout for methods out of it.

The one factor we made clear immediately was that these contacts should have added worth. We consider that they need to not be used, to start with by our Ukrainian colleagues who typically attempt to do issues like that, to switch or devalue the principle current negotiations monitor, which is going down in Belarus between two delegations permitted by the presidents of Russia and Ukraine.

Our assembly at the moment has confirmed that there isn’t any different to this monitor. We talked about humanitarian points, principally on the initiative of our Turkish buddies. We defined the measures our army are taking up the bottom to assist alleviate the plight of civilians, who’re being held hostage and used as human shields by Ukraine’s so-called volunteer battalions and “territorial protection” forces. this for a truth. Our officers, together with on the Defence Ministry, make statements for the media concerning this a number of instances a day. We reaffirmed that the Russian initiative concerning every day humanitarian corridors stays efficient. The routes of those corridors and the opening time are decided by those that are controlling the scenario on the ground-based on the evaluation of the scenario and the selection of the most secure and most effective exit routes for civilians.

We reminded our colleagues that through the newest spherical of talks in Belarus the Russian delegation made extremely particular proposals, this time within the type of a legally binding draft doc, and that the Ukrainian delegation mentioned they’d take them to Kiev for dialogue and would supply a concrete reply quickly.

We need to use the Belarusian platform to interact in a severe dialogue. As an alternative of drafting casual papers of assorted sorts, what we wish is to agree on issues which have already been acknowledged and have to be resolved within the context of a complete settlement of the Ukrainian disaster and efforts to advertise safety on the European continent making an allowance for the pursuits of all nations with out exception.

That is the gist of what we spoke about on the assembly at the moment. I’m able to reply your questions.

Query (retranslated from Turkish): Have you ever already assessed the losses from the conflict Russia has incurred? Are they smaller or greater than you anticipated? Would you think about the opportunity of intervening outdoors of the Ukrainian territory contemplating that the Ukrainian military has been receiving weapons from the West, as you’ve got found? Will you view the deployment of Patriot techniques in Poland as a direct risk? Does army retaliation stay a chance for you?

Sergey Lavrov: I didn’t fairly perceive your query because it was interpreted to me. If we’re speaking in regards to the progress of the particular army operation, it’s the Defence Ministry and, most significantly, the President of Russia as Supreme Commander-in-Chief who share these assessments. He has mentioned greater than as soon as that on the entire, the operation goes in line with plan.

As for arms provides to Ukraine from overseas, we see that our Western colleagues have been making some very harmful steps, together with the European Union. In actual fact, it has been encouraging the provides of deadly weapons to Ukraine, together with 1000’s of MANPADS, which could be taken anyplace and fired at any purpose “from the shoulder.” This violates all EU ideas and its so-called “values.” Terrorists typically use these weapons to threaten civilian plane. The place will these 1000’s of MANPADS find yourself? We’ve been asking our EU colleagues this query at any time when they begin speaking about ending the coverage of making a risk for the Russian Federation from Ukraine, which has been going for a few years now. We’re nonetheless ready for a solution. How will these MANPADS be managed later? The dangers for civilian plane will persist for a few years to return not solely in Ukraine’s air house however throughout Europe.

Turning to the query of whether or not we intend to assault some other nations: we’re not planning to assault different nations. In actual fact, we didn’t assault Ukraine, both. We’ve defined many instances that the scenario in Ukraine has advanced in such a manner that it poses a direct risk to Russia’s safety. Nobody listened regardless of all our reminders, admonitions, calls, and proposals throughout all these years. President Vladimir Putin has spoken on this subject many instances. New proof which is now being uncovered on the liberated territories, specifically within the Donetsk and Lugansk areas, demonstrates that there was an in depth plan to assault these individuals’s republics this month.

We’re additionally outraged by what Pentagon has been doing within the organic laboratories created with its funding. It makes use of the Ukrainian territory to hold out experiments with pathogens which may then be used to create organic weapons. Washington’s representatives have publicly refuted rumors that they’ve been engaged in prohibited exercise in Ukraine. Not surprisingly, EU nations began saying in a single voice that they have no idea something in regards to the People engaged on organic weapons in Ukraine. By the identical token, it’s not shocking that UN representatives additionally mentioned that they didn’t have this data. It goes with out saying that the People have been doing this in complete secrecy. They do that in different post-Soviet nations as properly, with their organic weapons laboratories encircling the Russian Federation and the Folks’s Republic of China. They won’t get away with this. There may be the Organic and Toxin Weapons Conference, which requires states to report any actions on their territories and out of doors of it.

These supplying arms to Ukraine should perceive that they bear accountability for his or her actions. The identical goes for individuals who encourage sending mercenaries to Ukraine to struggle there in step with the traditions of utmost radicals and their battalions launched in Ukraine’s on a regular basis life.

Query: Russia has used a whole lot of totally different phrases to justify the invasion of Ukraine. You’ve mentioned that it’s for the Ukrainian individuals. However how are you going to presumably justify the bombing of a maternity ward and a kids’s hospital? Do you agree with President Zelensky that it’s an atrocity – to focus on pregnant moms and kids is, in reality, an atrocity? And likewise, for the Russian individuals themselves, at the moment Russia faces a $40 billion default. That’s worse than we’ve seen within the Russian financial system since 1917, within the Bolshevik revolution. How will you justify it to the individuals at house, that you simply’ve wrecked their financial system for an invasion that, frankly, the remainder of the world doesn’t consider must be taking place?

Sergey Lavrov: Concerning the maternity hospital, now we have heard an emotionally charged outcry over the so-called “atrocities” allegedly dedicated by the Russian armed forces. Three days in the past, on March 7, our delegation on the UN Safety Council assembly supplied information to show that this maternity hospital had been taken over by the far-right Azov battalion, who ordered all pregnant ladies, medical nurses, and different personnel out of the constructing. You may draw your personal conclusions in regards to the manipulation of public opinion all over the world.

I’ve seen reviews by your community and different Western media at the moment. They’re very emotional. Regrettably, no consideration is being given to the opposite facet, which might have allowed individuals to have an goal view of the scenario.

As for the Russian financial system, properly, we’ll deal with it ourselves. The President and the Authorities are engaged on this now. You’ve got mentioned that we’re utilizing a whole lot of totally different phrases to justify our actions in Ukraine. We had been attempting for years to attract consideration to the turning of Ukraine into “anti-Russia.” For the reason that early 2000s, the West overtly demanded earlier than each election that Ukraine make a selection between the West and Russia. That’s, you’re both with us or towards us. Are these the Western values that had been being compelled on the Ukrainian individuals?

We’ve additionally seen different issues. When a pro-Western candidate bought the smallest variety of votes, because it occurred in 2009, the West compelled the Ukrainian Constitutional Court docket to undertake a choice on the third spherical of voting, in violation of the Structure of Ukraine. There have been a whole lot of such manipulations in these “finest years.” Ukraine was being constantly become a pro-Western instrument for Western experiments. Finally, NATO demanded that Ukraine have to be free to affix the bloc, naval bases had been being established in Ukraine, and the deployment of missiles, which had been a direct risk to the Russian Federation, was mentioned. It has now turned out that army organic laboratories had been working there secretly from the general public in Ukraine and the remainder of the world. When it was advised that Ukraine ought to abandon its non-nuclear standing, we appealed to the rationale and conscience of our Western companions and urged them to coordinate safety ideas for Europe.

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They replied that any difficulty may very well be mentioned however that we must always again off from the matter of NATO’s growth. They’d determine it with out us. We should always not fear as a result of NATO’s growth wouldn’t have an effect on our safety. Why ought to NATO make selections on problems with our safety and our safety pursuits? This gained’t do. Russia gained’t be spoken to love that. We aren’t going to justify our actions in Ukraine. Their objectives are completely clear: we don’t need the militarization of Ukraine, whether or not it’s or isn’t a member of NATO, as a result of US [missile] techniques concentrating on our territory could be deployed there with out NATO. We don’t need Ukraine to develop into a neo-Nazi state the place battalions sporting SS stripes march earlier than the President of Ukraine, and the place these militants are educated to stage terrorist assaults. We wish Ukraine to be a impartial state. President Putin mentioned on quite a few events that whereas insisting on NATO’s non-expansion we’re not going to miss the safety pursuits of the Ukrainian nation. We’re prepared to debate safety ensures for Ukraine along with safety ensures for European nations and Russia. Judging by the latest statements made by President Zelensky, consciousness of this strategy is rising, which conjures up a specific amount of optimism.

As for our financial issues, we’ll take care of them. We confronted difficulties in any respect levels in our historical past. I can guarantee you that this time we’ll emerge from the disaster with a more healthy mindset and mentality. We could have no phantasm that the West is usually a dependable companion who is not going to abandon anybody and its personal values on the drop of a hat. May you think about that personal property rights can be buried as simply as one-two-three? Have you ever ever seen the presumption of innocence, the pillar of the Western authorized system, to be overtly disregarded and trampled underfoot? I can guarantee you that we are going to overcome this. And we will even do all the things in our energy by no means to rely upon the West within the areas of vital significance for our individuals.

Query: The deputy head of the Ukrainian Presidential Workplace says Kiev is prepared for a diplomatic settlement, however that it could solely be attainable by means of negotiations on the presidential degree. Do you think about it acceptable to prepare a gathering between the presidents of the 2 states, now or sooner or later?

Sergey Lavrov: I believe everyone seems to be properly conscious that Russian President Vladimir Putin by no means refuses to speak – supplied the aim is to attain particular agreements. We don’t need to meet for the sake of assembly. This subject was touched upon at the moment. I reminded Mr Kuleba that we’re all the time prepared to fulfill if it helps to resolve the issue. Nevertheless, lately, after the anti-constitutional coup d’état, the Ukrainian leaders desire assembly for the sake of assembly and simulating decision-making for the tv cameras. When the Minsk agreements had been tightly blocked by the Kiev regime, President Vladimir Zelensky consistently insisted – let’s meet, let’s lastly get collectively once more. In flip, we reminded our Ukrainian colleagues {that a} Normandy format summit was held in Paris in December 2019, all its selections had been transferred to Kiev, and never certainly one of them was really carried out. What was the Paris assembly for, if one other summit wanted to be held for the Paris selections to be lastly carried out? They’ve this tendency to substitute the essence of any drawback with numerous exterior results: additionally they proposed increasing the Normandy format by including the British, the People and Poles. They proposed inviting Turkey too. They both determined to create a parallel Contact Group or to ask the French and Germans to the Contact Group. The Kiev regime gushed with initiatives. At our assembly at the moment, we reaffirmed that President Vladimir Putin doesn’t refuse to fulfill with President Vladimir Zelensky. I hope, the necessity for this assembly will come up sometime. However earlier than that occurs, preparatory work must be accomplished on the Belarusian monitor. Three rounds have already taken place. Our extraordinarily particular proposals have been submitted to the Ukrainian facet. They promised us to present very particular solutions. We’re ready.

Query: Wherever Russia comes with peace and denazification, kidnappings and torture happen. This occurred in Crimea. We learn about 200 Crimean Tatars and deputy speaker of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar Folks Nariman Dzhelyalov. Girls have been kidnapped within the occupied territories south of the Sea of ​Azov at the moment. Certainly one of them is a deputy of the Zaporozhye Regional Council, a Crimean Tatar Leyla Ibragimova. You appear to have reached a brand new degree. You haven’t been kidnapping ladies in these eight years. It’s important that my colleagues from Turkey know what Russia has been doing with the Crimean Tatars, not just for eight years in Crimea. What do it’s a must to say about this? These are information. I’m speaking about my native area the place I spent my childhood – Genichesk, Melitopol.

Sergey Lavrov: You mentioned these had been information. I believe it’s best to have used a distinct f-word, which is “faux.” The airwaves, the web, and all of the media are stuffed with fakes. I knew nothing about this story, in regards to the alleged kidnapping of a consultant of the deputy corps, however I learn about different tales that the Kiev regime is thought for. Yesterday I heard {that a} member of parliament Yevgeny Shevchenko has disappeared. Discovered him but? Denis Kireyev, a member of the delegation on the Belarusian negotiations who participated within the first spherical, has been killed. First, they mentioned the Ukrainian safety service executed him with out trial or investigation, on expenses of treason, then there was a report of some showdown. For those who delve into these sorts of tales, you’ll find a whole lot of fascinating and outrageous particulars. I consider that attempting to take one episode, most definitely fictional, and utilizing it to whip up public sentiment, together with right here in Turkey, to be able to promote an anti-Russia coverage, is one other try and substitute severe dialog, negotiations and actions with such exterior results. I’ve not heard about these circumstances involving deputies. I’ll inquire about this. I’ve heard about Shevchenko although, who disappeared in Kiev, not in Zaporozhye.

I believe that you’ve got already been filmed and the video can be proven in your nation with fanfare. You’ve got attained your aim.

Query: There are some voices about the usage of organic weapons within the assault. What are you able to say about that?

Sergey Lavrov: We’re alarmed by the data that has not too long ago come to mild that the Pentagon established a number of dozen army organic laboratories on Ukrainian territory below its program to arrange such amenities all around the world in violation of the Organic and Toxin Weapons Conference. We’ve despatched an official inquiry, and we’ll demand a proof.

I’ve no data as to whether or not they have already used their weapons. However there isn’t any doubt that these experiments had been removed from peaceable, and that their purpose was to develop ethnically-oriented organic weapons.

Query: America is saying overtly that US ambassadors have been given directions to persuade nationwide governments to affix the anti-Russia sanctions. Did you give related directions to Russian ambassadors to influence governments not to participate?

Sergey Lavrov: In any scenario, we inform Russian ambassadors about our official place and information, linked with any scenario that the International Ministry addresses. We do that in probably the most detailed method attainable. Russian ambassadors rigorously inform the governments of host nations on these issues, in order that they’d have an goal image.

It isn’t our custom to run all over the world and pressure sovereign, impartial nations, members of the UN, to satisfy Large Brother’s order. Really, we’re good-mannered individuals, as you’re conscious. The People don’t conceal the truth that they’re demanding that Turkey, India, Egypt, Southeast Asian nations, and even China be a part of the unlawful unilateral US sanctions. It’s unimaginable to think about such disrespect for these nice nations and civilizations. Nevertheless, the People let nothing move. For them, any means are acceptable to whip up Russophobia to unprecedented heights. We don’t do such issues.

Query: You mentioned a while in the past that Russia had no intention to invade Ukraine. I believe at the moment you mentioned that Russia didn’t invade Ukraine, when it clearly has. You’ve additionally mentioned that Russia wouldn’t harm civilians, and 1000’s have been harm, houses destroyed, and evidently hospitals are being attacked. Why ought to the Ukrainians take you significantly, with all due respect? Why ought to they, and the remainder of the world, consider a phrase you say?

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Sergey Lavrov: I’ve talked about hospitals and maternity houses, however you aren’t listening. This can by no means be proven and never a single Western media outlet will report that we defined on the UN Safety Council three days in the past what had occurred to that maternity hospital.

As for the claims about who will do what or who is not going to do what, we needed to unravel this drawback diplomatically till the final second. We introduced an in depth doc in regards to the Russian-US bilateral settlement and a draft Russia-NATO settlement on all the important thing European safety points, which takes into consideration the safety pursuits of all nations with out exception, together with Ukraine. We had been instructed that Ukraine was “theirs,” that they’d determine Ukraine’s destiny along with Ukraine, and that they’d do as they happy. They’ve additionally rejected many different Russian solutions, together with one on stopping bodily land-based threats to the Russian Federation. President of Russia Vladimir Putin has made it clear why he has taken the choice to launch a particular army operation. I hope that you simply (even when you’ll not be allowed to speak this to your listeners and viewers) will have the ability to learn the Russian doc personally and perceive our logic. It’s defined there. We want to see a Ukraine that’s pleasant, demilitarised, and proof against the hazard of the creation of yet one more Nazi state, a Ukraine that won’t ban the Russian language, Russian tradition, and the Russian Orthodox Church. Regrettably, all of this has been executed and is mirrored in legislation. All our admonitions through the eight years for the reason that coup in Kiev and our appeals to our Western colleagues that they need to convey the Ukrainian authorities to their senses have run towards a lifeless wall of silence. Take, for instance, the obvious issues concerning the Russian language. They’ve handed the legislation On Making certain the Functioning of Ukrainian because the State Language, which declares Ukrainian alone as match to be used, whereas all different languages are open to prejudice indirectly or one other, together with by way of educating them at elementary faculties and universities. Russia has expressed concern, as have Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania. Then the Ukrainian authorities did a easy trick by making an exception for EU languages below this discriminatory legislation. Fairly elegant! Russian stays standing alone, disadvantaged of all rights, regardless that its rights are assured by the Ukrainian Structure. The West fell silent and relaxed. This has proven as soon as once more what exactly the West needs Ukraine to do. Its task is to consistently work towards Russia and all issues Russian.

The West’s perspective in the direction of the referendum in Crimea can be an instance of the coverage of double requirements. There was no referendum in Kosovo. NATO, by its bombing assaults, intentionally created a scenario, the place it might convey in regards to the disintegration of Yugoslavia. When the Kosovo legislature declared independence, the whole West (nearly complete) was applauding and supported this as a manifestation of democracy and freedom of selection. However why can Albanians do it whereas Russians in Crimea can not? The Albanians in Yugoslavia weren’t simply allowed to do it, they had been being inspired in each strategy to advance on this course, as a result of the long-standing aim of a sure nation with a wealthy historical past – I’m referring to Nice Britain – has all the time been to forestall the Balkans, and for that matter Europe as an entire, from having excessively huge states. We all know this properly. Fairly seemingly, the identical aim has been pursued in relation of the Russian Federation as properly.

We’ve realised that the purpose at difficulty will not be Ukraine in any respect. It’s an aggression towards all issues Russian – pursuits, faith, tradition, language, safety, and many others. The West’s livid response to our actions demonstrates that it is a life and dying wrestle, a wrestle for Russia’s proper to be on the political map of the world with full respect for its official pursuits.

Query: Simply now the Ukrainian International Minister mentioned that there was no progress on a ceasefire. My query is: Was there any constructive consequence of this assembly? What’s your plan to ease the disaster?

Sergey Lavrov: We didn’t come right here to switch the negotiation monitor on the Belarusian territory arrange by the President of Russia and the President of Ukraine. All sensible issues are mentioned on that monitor. We defined in meticulous element what is required to finish this disaster. The necessities embrace demilitarisation and denazification, making certain Ukraine’s impartial standing, and several other different issues. They’re having a severe dialog there. We warned our colleagues originally of at the moment’s assembly that we don’t intend to create a parallel monitor right here, which is what Ukraine needs. They all the time desire to substitute particular efforts vital to satisfy agreements with creating new codecs that can be extensively coated by the media and imitate precise work.

I’m not shocked that Dmitry Kuleba declared that the ceasefire negotiations had been unsuccessful. There was no intention to agree on a ceasefire. The Ukrainian facet is properly conscious of all these proposals and the sequence of steps described in these proposals.

If the aim of the assembly was to ask questions similar to “let’s cease-fire” or “let’s construct the humanitarian corridors not the way in which Russia proposes however as Ukraine needs,” then the purpose was solely to inform the media that every one their noble aspirations failed. This suits into the logic of Ukrainian diplomacy that I’ve already talked about: going for exterior results to create a sure public look right here and now as an alternative of doing precise work.

Query: My query is in regards to the US ban on imports of Russian oil and fuel. What’s Russia’s oil coverage in Europe? How is Russia reacting to the sanctions by numerous firms and nations?

Sergey Lavrov: I’ve already mentioned that we are going to clear up this drawback – and the answer can be to now not rely upon our Western companions, be it governments or firms which can be appearing as instruments of Western political aggression towards Russia as an alternative of pursuing the pursuits of their companies. We’ll make it possible for we by no means once more discover ourselves in an identical scenario and that neither some Uncle Sam nor anyone else could make selections aimed toward destroying our financial system. We’ll discover a strategy to eradicate this dependence. We should always have executed it way back.

As for oil and fuel, we’re leaving it to the discretion and conscience of our Western colleagues. We’ve by no means used oil and fuel as a weapon regardless of their constant accusations. The primary disaster occurred in 2010 when Ukrainian authorities began stealing the fuel transiting to Europe after they stopped paying for their very own. We supplied transit fuel to Europe with out fail in full conformity with our obligations (regarding quantities and charges) and so they had been stealing it. Do you assume Europe did something to rein them in? By no means. Europe began saying that Russia is utilizing fuel as a weapon – though they knew very properly what was really taking place. In relations with Ukraine, they noticed just one criterion: how can we use this nation to trigger injury to Russia? They started deterring Russia even earlier than it was formally introduced. Right here is an fascinating level that speaks volumes about European values. They’re cursing us up hill and down dale. They besieged us with sanctions and banned their firms from staying in Russia. Nevertheless, they are saying they are going to proceed to purchase our oil and fuel as a result of in any other case they are going to freeze. Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak, who supervises the vitality sector, defined in nice element that we are going to not be attempt to persuade anyone to purchase our oil and fuel. In the event that they need to discover a substitute, they’re free to do it.

We’ll nonetheless have markets for our fuel. We have already got them.

Query: Does Russia have any crimson traces concerning nations that ship army help to Ukraine?

Sergey Lavrov: I’ve already answered the query about whether or not we’re going to react in any strategy to the actions of the nations which can be arming Ukraine. We consider that these nations pose colossal threats to themselves, particularly after they switch probably the most harmful weapons, for instance, man-portable air protection techniques, and after they watch, with full dispassion, because the Ukrainian authorities distribute a whole lot of 1000’s of small arms to random individuals, with none identification. We’ve by no means talked about any plans regarding NATO member nations. However my new colleague, British International Secretary Elizabeth Truss, spoke about this. She mentioned that if President of Russia Vladimir Putin didn’t lose in Ukraine, then this is able to not be the restrict of his ambitions, and the Baltic states and Moldova could be his subsequent targets. It isn’t we who say this, however Elizabeth Truss, who is legendary for her catchphrases. When she prophesies an assault on the Baltic states and Moldova, I believe that that is fairly according to English tradition, politics, and diplomacy, as a result of the British wrote a faux testomony of Peter the Nice as soon as, in precisely the identical manner. Appears like them.

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Query: We’re witnessing issues at the moment that appeared completely unimaginable yesterday. Do you consider a nuclear conflict might begin?

Sergey Lavrov: I don’t need to consider it, and I don’t. Please observe that within the context of the Ukraine occasions lately, which have aggravated in latest months and weeks, the nuclear subject has been thrown into this discourse completely by Western representatives, primarily from NATO. Let me remind you that once more, Elizabeth Truss (we appear to be speaking loads about her at the moment) mentioned she didn’t rule out a battle between NATO and Russia. How can one even assume one thing like that? Secretary-Basic Jens Stoltenberg (I’d say he has develop into too impartial of late, not coordinating his statements with all NATO members as anticipated) mentioned that if NATO needed to deploy nuclear weapons on the territory of its Japanese European members, the alliance would do it. My French colleague, Jean-Yves Le Drian, reminded President Vladimir Putin that France additionally has nuclear weapons. By the way in which, French Minister of the Economic system and Finance Bruno Le Maire proudly introduced that the West was declared a complete conflict on Russia (“Totaler Krieg,” because the “non-French” used to say). US President Joe Biden, when requested if there was any different to those sanctions from hell, mentioned the one different was World Struggle III. It retains popping up of their subcortex. We by no means talked about it. It’s undoubtedly alarming that the West retains making these Freudian slips, returning repeatedly to this subject.

Query: President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev earlier proposed Kazakhstan as a platform for negotiations between Russia and Ukraine. Is Russia contemplating this proposal and when can the following negotiations between the conflicting events be held?

Sergey Lavrov: Russia is grateful to everybody who, out of fine intentions, affords their providers in serving to to resolve the present grave inside Ukrainian disaster and who is able to assist discover a resolution, considering the issues of all events, and based mostly on a stability of pursuits. The issue is that these proposals (which, as I’ve already mentioned, we’re sure that our Turkish buddies and our Kazakhstani buddies have made with the most effective of intentions) aren’t utilized by the Ukrainian facet, which continues to substitute any actual motion to satisfy its obligations with exterior results. I do not forget that they needed to relocate the Contact Group to Kazakhstan, when the Minsk agreements had been nonetheless respiratory; additionally they advised Turkey as a platform. I’m sure that the motive behind all this has been their reluctance to do what they need to, do what now we have agreed upon. However, as President Vladimir Putin mentioned, and as now we have been reiterating, Russia is prepared for a wide range of codecs if they’ve added worth, and aren’t convened simply to do extra speaking.

Query: Is Russia actually severe about searching for a negotiated resolution to this disaster? If that’s the case, what did you convey to the desk at the moment, what progress, if any, did you make?

How will you discuss of diplomacy, ceasefires, and negotiations, when maternity hospitals are being struck, when so many civilians are dying?

Sergey Lavrov: It’s the third time that I’ve heard this query in regards to the maternity hospital, which implies that you haven’t heard what I mentioned about this specific case, which you and your company, in addition to all different mainstream Western media, have reported as headline information. In that maternity hospital, as we mentioned on March 7, 2022, on the UN Safety Council, there have been no ladies, kids or medical personnel. It has lengthy been taken over by the Azov battalion and different radicals, who’ve established a firing level there, simply as they’re doing throughout Ukraine, turning individuals into human shields and deploying strike weapons in residential buildings to assault the positions of the Russian forces and the Donetsk and Lugansk militias.

As for our proposals, which we made again on December 15, 2021, they had been extraordinarily severe. We proposed making a safety system, not a wholly new system however a system based mostly on the implementation of the choices which were agreed on the highest political degree, together with on the OSCE summits in Istanbul in 1999 and in Astana in 2010, which mentioned in black and white that every one nations have a proper to decide on alliances, however no one has the best to strengthen one’s safety on the expense of others’ safety. That formulation was coordinated as a package deal. It was the summit of diplomacy. That call was signed by the leaders of Russia, its neighbors and, excuse me for saying this, the free world. No state or group of states and no group in Europe has the best to say the dominant place, as NATO is doing now in flagrant violation of its member states’ obligations.

After we proposed signing a Russia-NATO settlement to seal the ideas I’ve talked about right here, the ideas which were set out within the paperwork that had been signed on the highest degree, codified and have become legally binding, we obtained curt formal replies from Jens Stoltenberg and Josep Borrell, saying that we want not fear and that they had been prepared to speak with us. The truth that we didn’t obtain replies from the leaders of particular person nations however from the heads of NATO and the EU implies that Britain and the opposite Western leaders delegated their powers to them and made them answerable for the implementation or non-implementation of the pledges made within the OSCE summit paperwork. That is what your leaders, representatives of the West have executed to diplomacy.

We nonetheless need all points to be settled diplomatically. However this time now we have defined very clearly the need of the demilitarisation and denazification of Ukraine. This have to be executed with none procrastination. The direct army, cultural, data, language and civilizational threats to Russia, which had been created within the territory of Ukraine, has develop into completely clear and speedy. If we handled upright and sincere individuals, the issue would seemingly have been lengthy settled and safety agreements would have been reached. However we don’t see any companions who’re able to play honest with us. A number of makes an attempt to do that have been made, although. I hope that the Western leaders who’ve develop into extra involved over Ukraine will develop into conscious of the existential risk to European safety created by their failure to behave and their unwillingness to honor earlier agreements.

We by no means needed a conflict, and we nonetheless don’t need it. We need to finish this conflict, together with within the pursuits of the 2 republics which refused to acknowledge the bloody anticonstitutional coup of 2014 and the regime that regarded on proudly and cynically when its representatives burned individuals alive in Odessa, that despatched warplanes to bomb central Lugansk, and that has bombed, attacked and shelled residential districts, villages, faculties and kindergartens for the previous eight years. There may be a whole lot of proof as a result of we and our journalists have been exhibiting this 24/7 (I bow my head to all those that have died doing this). And all these eight years, Western journalists rarely went to the contact line. As an alternative, they confirmed how properly individuals had been residing within the different a part of Ukraine. Some 70 or 80 % of the destruction is within the territory of the individuals’s republics, which exhibits who’s often the primary to assault. As soon as members of your company, the BBC, spent a number of days there, and afterward, I’ve to say, produced a comparatively goal report. However I don’t keep in mind anybody within the West offering every day protection of the Ukrainian regime’s aggression towards its personal individuals, its sabotage of the Minsk agreements, which had been permitted by the UN Safety Council, and its open refusal to implement that important doc. If we have a look at your present reviews from Ukraine and examine them to what you’ve got been telling your audiences for the previous eight years, it’s going to present a revealing image about freedom of speech, entry to data, and plenty of different issues, which have been permitted by OSCE selections adopted on the highest political degree and which our Western colleagues don’t fairly respect, as we see it.