The current situation is epochal, and the “battle” is being fought over what the world order will look like, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
“This is a fateful, epochal moment in modern history, because it reflects the ‘battle’, in the broadest sense of the word, for what the world order will look like,” the minister said in an interview with RBK television.
Asked why the situation in Ukraine could not be resolved peacefully, the head of Russian diplomacy answered that the reason was “that the West did not want to resolve the situation around Ukraine peacefully.”
The United States does not want the Ukrainian crisis to be resolved, Lavrov said. According to him, “the United States certainly plays a decisive role in defining the position of the Kiev authorities.”
America has subjugated almost all of Europe
The Minister emphasized that the United States of America subjugated almost the whole of Europe. As he says, almost all EU countries, with the exception of France, have already “fallen” under the United States.
“Under the leadership of President Joseph Biden, America has set itself the task of subjugating Europe and achieving its unconditional commitment to American policy. Many years ago, the West stopped using the term‘ international law ’, which is primarily embodied in the UN Charter , and coined the term ‘rules-based world order’. “Those rules were written in a narrow circle, and those who accepted them were encouraged by the West,” Lavrov believes.
According to the Russian minister, Europe is “ready to accept the world order imposed by Washington in any form.”
“The only thing left is the work of Emanuel Macron, who still reminds of the need for strategic autonomy of the European Union.” “No one will allow that, and all other EU members have already ‘fallen’ under the Americans, as they say,” Lavrov noted.
Asked to describe current Russian-American relations, the diplomat said he “does not remember such an absolutely furious policy that Washington is now pursuing, which is largely generated in Congress, where they have lost their sense of reality, rejected all conventions, not to mention on diplomatic competence. “
There is hope for a compromise
At the same time, he assessed that the Russian-Ukrainian negotiations are not easy, but that there is hope for a compromise. According to him, the business spirit is beginning to be manifested in the negotiations, which gives hope that it is possible to agree on the issue of Ukraine’s neutral status.
“I very much hope that this business spirit will prevail, which is now beginning to manifest itself, not immediately and not easily.” He instills hope that we will be able to agree on that topic, “the Russian minister stressed.
There are concrete formulations in the negotiations with Ukraine that we can agree on, says the head of Russian diplomacy. According to him, the parties are now seriously discussing the neutral status of Ukraine in the negotiations in conjunction with Russia’s security guarantees.
I am focusing on the assessments given by our negotiators, Lavrov said, stating that the negotiators state that negotiations are difficult for understandable reasons and that they should be given the opportunity to work in a more relaxed atmosphere, without hysteria.
“But still, there is some hope of reaching a compromise,” the minister explained.
In this regard, he added that “such an assessment is given by some representatives of the Ukrainian delegation, and that President Vladimir Zelenski himself recently made numerous interesting statements.” In particular, Lavrov reminded that the Ukrainian president assessed the positions of the parties in the negotiations as “more realistic”.
According to the minister, the reaction of NATO, which still has reasonable people, to Zelensky’s appeal for the Alliance to close the skies over Ukraine and fight on its side, brought the Ukrainian leader down to earth.
“We are ready to look for all ways to ensure the security of Ukraine, European countries and, of course, the Russian Federation, except through NATO expansion to the east,” Lavrov explained.
Russia will be ready for contacts with the Ukrainian side in the future, but it is necessary to understand how much additional value such contacts will have, he added.
The head of the Russian diplomacy assessed that there are always chances for peace and resolving the situation around Ukraine, as well as that Switzerland offers its mediation in the crisis between Moscow and Kiev.
Moscow believes that some change in the rhetoric of the Ukrainian authorities is encouraging, as well as that it is possible that some confrontational initiatives have been encouraged from abroad in order for Russia to “get off track”, Lavrov said.
The West is turning the Ukrainians against the Russians
At the same time, he assessed that the West and Ukrainian extremists began to “debilitate” the Ukrainian people and turn them against the Russians.
“I am convinced that most of our citizens have no problems or demands with the Ukrainian people, as the Ukrainian people have never had towards Russia. But they started to ‘debilitate’ the Ukrainian people, we recently invented that verb.” him against the Russians in all possible ways, “the minister emphasized.
Lavrov said that he loves Ukrainian culture, the Ukrainian language and its humor.
“We have never had any pretensions towards the Ukrainian people. I have many Ukrainian friends.” I love Ukrainian culture – that soft Ukrainian language, I love Ukrainian cuisine and their humor, which always contains self-irony and often reveals the cunning inherent in the Ukrainian character, “said the head of Russian diplomacy.
Unprecedented pressure on countries that support Russia
At the same time, the diplomat stated that the countries that support Russia in the situation around Ukraine are under unprecedented pressure.
“There are such countries, and there are many of them. I don’t want to use obscene expressions, but the pressure they came under is not only unprecedented, but I could never have imagined.” I knew that the Americans were ready for many things in order to prevent any positive changes towards a real multipolar world, but that they would do such a dirty job, unworthy of a great power, I could not imagine in a nightmare, “Lavrov emphasized.
According to the diplomat, Washington is putting extreme pressure on China, Turkey and other countries because of Russia. In that regard, he added that “it is even more devastating that such blackmail is used against ancient civilizations such as China, India, Egypt, as well as that the Turks were asked about the S-400 systems.”
He estimated that the role of the dollar would fall, as well as trust in it, due to Washington’s policy. As he says, some countries are already thinking that it might be more convenient for them to trade in yuan, and not in dollars.
“And this process cannot be stopped,” the foreign minister added.