Lavrov, on the situation in Ukraine: “Who threatens whom and what these threats can lead to is a big question”


21 ene 2022 12:21 GMT

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held talks this Friday with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Russia has never threatened the Ukrainian people anywhere, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said.

“You mentioned the statement that Ukraine poses no threat to Russia. I would like to once again remind those who are analyzing our position that Russia has never, anywhere, threatened not even once to the Ukrainian people,” Lavrov said after his meeting on security issues with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Geneva, Switzerland.

“Once the Russophobic hysteria ceases, the ineptitude of the regime will become apparent. [de Kiev]”.

Lavrov recalled that the Ukrainian president, Vladimir Zelensky, has publicly urged his fellow citizens who feel Russian to “go to Russia” and branded “human waste” to those who oppose the “state terrorism of the Kiev regime” in the Donbass region.

“So who threatens whom and what these threats can lead to is a big question,” said the Russian minister.

Commenting on the speculations fueled by the Ukrainian authorities and several Western countries about an alleged invasion of Ukraine planned by Moscow, the Russian foreign minister reiterated: “We have already explained many times that this is not the case.”

“Once the Russophobic hysteria ceases, the ineptitude of the regime will become apparent. [de Kiev]”, he predicted.

Likewise, Lavrov considered that it is not correct that Russian-American relations are governed by the mood of the Zelensky regime.

At the meeting, the Russian foreign minister also urged Blinken to use his leverage over Kiev to make him see reason. “I asked you once again to use your decisive influence on the Kiev regime to force it to come to its senses and stop sabotaging this momentous document,” Lavrov said, referring to the Minsk Accords.

In general, the senior official described the meeting with his North American counterpart as helpful and honest. “He agrees that a dialogue must be held in a more reasonable way. I hope there is less emotion,” he summarized.

Lavrov noted that the State Secretary promised to deliver next week written responses to Russian security proposals.

  • The talks between the top officials were held amid growing tension between Russia and the West. The allegations about a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine have intensified, after several media outlets published the alleged plans for such an operation starting in November, but Russia, in turn, has crossed out repeatedly the accusations as false and unfounded.
  • In December, Russia presented the projects of two agreements that he wants to reach with the US and NATO, on security guarantees. Among its proposals, Moscow requested for the Atlantic Alliance to stop its eastward expansion and that Ukraine not join it, a point on which the two sides hold opposing views.

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