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06.04.2022

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s comment on Ukraine, Moscow, April 5, 2022

In the past few days, the propaganda machine of the West and Ukraine has focused exclusively on fueling hysteria over video taken, as we understand, by the military and security service of Ukraine in the city of Bucha, Kiev Region.

Assertions of “war crimes” committed by the Russian Armed Forces in the course of the special military operation have repeatedly been proved false at the detailed briefings by the Russian Defence Ministry, our Ministry and the Permanent Mission to the UN where we held a special news conference yesterday. Today our Ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebenzya set forth our position in great detail, cited facts and read out the testimonies of witnesses at a meeting of the UN Security Council.

The question, then, is what purpose does this blatantly false provocation serve? We are inclined to view it as a pretext to torpedo the ongoing negotiations at a time when some light, however dim, has appeared at the end of the tunnel. At the talks in Istanbul on March 29, 2022, Ukrainian representatives set forth in writing their vision for a treaty on Ukraine’s status and security guarantees for the first time during contacts between our delegations.

For the first time ever, the Ukrainian side has put on paper that it is prepared to declare Ukraine a neutral, non-aligned and non-nuclear state, and to refuse to deploy weapons from foreign states on its territory or to conduct exercises on its territory with the participation of foreign military personnel, unless they are approved by all guarantors of the future treaty, including the Russian Federation. The security guarantees envisaged by the treaty are a step toward everyone realising that the negotiations need to completely rule out NATO’s eastward expansion, primarily to Ukraine, and to ensure indivisible security in Europe.

The Ukrainian side itself included in this draft of the main clauses of the treaty a provision saying that the security guarantees that will be provided to Ukraine in the event of an agreement will not apply to Crimea and Donbass. This is also a sign of significant progress in terms of Kiev making a realistic assessment of the status of these territories.

In accordance with the Istanbul agreements and as a gesture of goodwill, the Russian side decided to de-escalate the situation on the ground, primarily, in the Kiev and Chernigov regions. At precisely this moment, three days after our military left the town of Bucha, the provocation we are talking about was staged in that town. We have every reason to believe this was done to divert attention from the negotiation process and from the fact that, after Istanbul, the Ukrainian side began to backpedal and tried to attach new conditions. As soon as the Western media whipped up hysteria over the fake about Bucha, the Ukrainian negotiators attempted to interrupt the negotiating process.

We believe that the international community must know the truth, which is that the Russian side is ready to keep negotiating in good faith. If the Ukrainian delegation is going to continue to talk about the need for additional steps on the part of the Russian Federation, vehemently refuse (as it is doing now) even to discuss the goals of deтazification and demilitarisation and restoring Russian language rights, and insist that there are no problems with the Russian language or the rights of the Russian-speaking people and Nazification reaching all areas of that country's life, I do not think this will be helpful in advancing the negotiating process.

We would like to once again urge those who are behind Kiev’s actions (we know who they are) to take seriously their responsibility for security in Europe, for the future of the world and for ensuring that all the principles of the UN Charter are honoured in practice. Russia is ready for this conversation.

In order for us to make real progress, instead of just the appearance of progress, we insist that Kiev be sent an unambiguous message not to resort to sabotage. Otherwise, we risk repeating the fate of the Minsk agreements. And that is something we will never do.

It is disquieting that the Ukrainian side has decided to demand that the conclusion of a treaty (which I am talking about now) mean that all hostilities must stop within several days and the Russian Armed Forces must leave Ukraine. After that, a referendum will supposedly be held and ratification will take place in the parliament. It is highly likely that when the treaty is voted down, we will have to start the negotiating process all over again. We are not going to play this cat-and-mouse game.

We do not want a repeat of the Minsk agreements. We cannot allow that to happen.




LATEST EVENTS

18.05.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to questions during a meeting with the New Horizons educational marathon participants, Moscow, May 17, 2022

We are ready to address humanitarian issues, as happened yesterday, when thanks to the initiatives of the Russian military on the ground it proved possible to evacuate hundreds of wounded soldiers from the Azovstal plant. These are the principles that form the basis of the Russian army’s ethos.


17.05.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the 30th Assembly of the Council on Foreign and Defence Policy, Moscow, May 14, 2022

Western politicians should accept the fact that their efforts to isolate our country are doomed. Many experts have already recognised this, even if quietly and off the record, because saying this openly is “politically incorrect.” But this is happening right now. The non-Western world is coming to see that the world is becoming increasingly more diverse.


12.05.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s statement and answers to media questions during a joint news conference following talks with Foreign Minister of the Sultanate of Oman Badr Albusaidi, Oman, May 11, 2022

We had a busy day today in our meetings with His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said and Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers of Oman Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said, as well as talks with my colleague and friend Foreign Minister of Oman Badr bin Hamad Albusaidi. We discussed the entire range of Russian-Omani relations and expressed satisfaction with the intensive political dialogue and cooperation in trade, the economy, culture and education.


07.05.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at a wreath laying ceremony at the memorial plaques in the Foreign Ministry building dedicated to the 77th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War, Moscow, May 6, 2022

According to tradition, today we are conducting a ceremony dedicated to the most sacred holiday in the history of our country: Victory Day in the Great Patriotic War. By tradition, we honour everyone who gave their lives for the freedom and independence of our country and Europe and for delivering the entire world from the Nazi threat.


04.05.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with Al Arabiya television channel, Moscow, April 29, 2022

We have provided many proposals. During all these years we have been initiating draft treaties, draft agreements with NATO, with countries of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Lately, in December last year, we proposed another initiative to the United States and to NATO to conclude treaties with both of them on security guarantees to all countries in the Euro-Atlantic space without joining any military alliance.


04.05.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with Mediaset, Italian television network, Moscow, May 1, 2022

Russia has never ceased its efforts to reach agreements that would guarantee the prevention of a nuclear war. In recent years, it was Russia who has persistently proposed to its American colleagues that we repeat what Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan did in 1987: adopt a statement reaffirming that there can be no winners in a nuclear war, and therefore it must never be unleashed.


04.05.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with the Xinhua News Agency (China), April 30, 2022

When we talk about the Ukrainian crisis, first of all we need to look at the destructive policy of the Western states conducted over many years and led by the United States, which set a course to knock together a unipolar world order after the end of the Cold War. NATO’s reckless expansion to the East was a key component of those actions, despite the political obligations to the Soviet leadership on the non-expansion of the Alliance.


28.04.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with Channel One’s The Great Game political talk show, Moscow, April 25, 2022

What we deem necessary has been announced by President Vladimir Putin. I am referring to the need to destroyUkraine’s military infrastructure in the context of demilitarising it. To quote President Putin, Ukraine has been turned into an “anti-Russia” and a direct threat to this country. But the Russian military must meet very strict requirements to minimise damage to the civilian population.


20.04.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with India Today television channel, Moscow, April 19, 2022

The real reason is the complacency of most countries of the world after the end of World War II, when our Western colleagues, led by the United States, declared themselves winners and in violation of the promises to the Soviet and Russian leadership started moving NATO eastward.


13.04.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with Rossiya television network, Moscow, April 11, 2022

President Vladimir Putin explained in detail the reasons for the decision on the special military operation. These include eight years of sabotage of the Minskagreements accompanied by the daily bombing of Donbass; the flooding of Ukrainewith Western weapons; and the sending of instructors that trained the most extremist units that were later sent to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. They formed the backbone of the groups that are now resisting our operation to demilitarise and denazify Ukraine.



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