Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says that the West still does not want to recognize that a coup in Ukraine was organized with the support of the United States and the European Union.
MOSCOW, September 13 (RIA Novosti) – The West still does not want to recognize that a coup in Ukraine was organized with the support of the United States and the European Union, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
“Speaking about our Western partners, everything has gone if not out of control, then at least by a very confrontational scenario. The reason is simple: they do not want to admit what is obvious to us – that the coup [in Ukraine] was organized with the direct support, if not encouragement, of the United States and Brussels,” Lavrov said in an interview with the TVC channel.
“After these people, who had been actively supported, came to power and formed a new government, everything became possible for them,” the Russian foreign minister said. “They are forgiven [everything] and are allowed [to do] whatever they wish. We hear nobody criticizing their unacceptable statements in regards to nationalism, Russia, minorities and neo-Nazi tendencies,” Lavrov said.
The Russian foreign minister said that he had not heard “any judgments that could mean that the positions of the West are unanimous” from his colleagues from Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Moscow is aware that not only “the US, but also the European envoys travel to every capital around the world, with no exception, to demand from the leaders of states, to strongly request not to support Russia, to join the Western sanctions and to refrain from any steps that will further the ties between a particular country and the Russian Federation,” Lavrov said. “For me this is an unprecedented situation. Such campaigns are, in fact, subversive for Russia’s relations with its partners.”
Moving NATO infrastructure closer to Russian borders by pulling more countries into the alliance is unacceptable, Sergei Lavrov said.
“Expecting to pull as many countries as possible into NATO, continuing with the logic of inclusive lines, moving the infrastructure closer to our borders – that’s unacceptable,” Lavrov told the Russian TVC channel.
“We are interested in the compliance with the agreements on ensuring whole, indivisible and universal security in the Euro-Atlantic area. In this context the assurances we were given that NATO would not be expanding eastward play a decisive role,” the minister said.
Lavrov noted that Russia’s proposal to turn the commitments given within the framework of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the NATO-Russia Council (NRC) not to strengthen the security of the alliance “at the expense of the security of others” into a legally binding agreement “was rejected multiple times”.
The nonaligned status of Ukraine, enshrined in the Constitution, is in the best interest of the Ukrainian people, as well as its neighbors and partners in the Euro-Atlantic area, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday on a primetime political talk show.