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Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s answers to questions from Rossiya 1 TV channel, Moscow, February 22, 2022

Question: Could you please comment on the international reaction to President Vladimir Putin’s decision to recognise Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics, including the reaction of UN officials, who have cited UN documents on respect for the sovereignty of states?

Sergey Lavrov: Everyone knows about that reaction. It is being broadcast by the media, the internet and social networks. We anticipated this reaction from our Western colleagues. They have formed a habit over the past decades of blaming everything on the Russian Federation, of throwing the book at us. We have taken note of this, of course. You mentioned the reaction of the UN Secretary-General, whose representative has said that Antonio Guterres considers our decision to recognise the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics to be a violation of the principle of sovereignty and territorial integrity. Our colleagues at the UN Secretariat should act in accordance with UN decisions that are fundamental for the implementation of the principles and goals of the UN Charter. They have been adopted unanimously by consensus, that is, by all the UN member states without exception.

As for the principle of sovereign and territorial integrity, one of the main documents which all lawyers consider to be fundamental for the interpretation of the UN Charter is the Declaration on Principles of International Law concerning Friendly Relations and Cooperation among States. It was adopted in 1970 and remains relevant to this day. It has never been put in question anywhere. The Declaration says on the matter of the principle of sovereign and territorial integrity that it must strictly apply to “states conducting themselves in compliance with the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples (…) and thus possessed of a government representing the whole people belonging to the territory without distinction as to race, creed or colour.”

I believe nobody can say that the Ukrainian regime has represented the whole people living on the territory of the country after the 2014 coup. Many regions of Ukraine rejected that anti-constitutional event, which opened a tragic page in the history of Ukraine. What happened in Crimea and in Ukraine’s eastern regions is proof that millions of people in Ukraine rejected that government and the regime at the time.

I would like the leadership of the UN Secretariat to review the fundamental principles underlying the UN in accordance with the decisions of the member states before making any statements.

Question: What is the future of the Minsk agreements?

Sergey Lavrov: The Ukrainian regime trampled down the Minsk agreements. Immediately after signing them, President Petr Poroshenko went to the Verkhovna Rada and started making excuses instead of standing up for this critical document, which helped stop the war and opened the path to preserving Ukraine’s territorial integrity through a peaceful settlement. Pavel Klimkin, who served as Ukraine’s foreign minister at the time, began to say that these agreements were not worth a penny and were just a piece of paper, while Ukraine did not assume any obligations. They were afraid to defend their point of view and the consensus that was reached in Minsk with the participation of the Ukrainian, Russian, French, and German leaders. We also understand that our colleagues are now trying to pin the blame for the breakdown of the Minsk agreements on Russia.

Our European, American, and British colleagues will not stop and will not sit still until they have exhausted all the opportunities for “punishing” Russia, as they say. They are already threatening to impose all kinds of “crippling” sanctions or as they say today the “mother of all sanctions.” We have grown used to that. President Vladimir Putin has already outlined our position. We know that they will impose sanctions in any case, with or without pretext.

It is with a lot of regret that I must note the negative and provocative role of the European Union, which has already demonstrated many times that it cannot answer for its words or deeds. Let me remind you that on the eve of the February 2014 government coup, it was the European Union, represented by the German, Polish and French foreign ministers, that acted as the guarantor of the agreement between the opposition and Yanukovych. The next morning, the opposition tore up the agreement as if the EU representatives did not matter, and the EU had to bite thedust, as the saying goes. Soon, the European Union started saying that this was part of the democratic process rather than a government coup. What a shame.

Those whom the European Union forgave and even started to support immediately turned to churning out one Russophobic initiative after another, but the EU remained silent, calling on these people to be “proportionate” in the use of force. After that, when the people of Crimea opposed the attempts to take their region by force, armed voluntary battalions headed there to storm the parliament of the Republic of Crimea. Then, with a sense of relief, the European Union blamed Russia for everything.

It took a lot of effort to stop the bloodshed in Donbass in February 2015. Once again, the European representatives, specifically, the leaders of France and Germany, were involved. Many hours of talks in Minsk paved the way to the adoption at the highest level of the famous Minsk agreements. It is now that they have suddenly started to care about them. All these seven years we pointed out to our European colleagues almost daily that Kiev could not care less about these agreements. The Ukrainian authorities did nothing, while publicly refusing to fulfil the Minsk  agreements.On our website, we published a list of quotes to this effect by Vladimir Zelensky and his entire team, and we are circulating this list in the UN Security Council. How else can we make sure that those who form the international community get to know what the Ukrainian regime is doing or thinking? Once again, the European Union took no action to compel Kiev to implement the agreement that was reached with the direct involvement of Paris. In the past twelve to eighteen months, they started saying out loud that Russia was actually a party to the conflict, while Kiev had no obligation to speak directly to Donetsk and Lugansk, who did not decide anything, but would rather engage with Russia.

I would like to draw your attention to outrageous statements of this kind by our European colleagues. In any other conflict that the United Nations has dealt with, in one way or another (the Minsk agreements were approved by the UN Security Council and the relevant resolution clearly states that Kiev, Donetsk, and Lugansk are the parties to the conflict), the West does not reject the principle of countries engaging in direct dialogue. Look at Cyprus. The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus has been unilaterally proclaimed in the north. It refuses to abide by UN Security Council resolutions, but no one is denying the representatives of Northern Cyprus the right to be part of the dialogue. Look at the developments in Ethiopia, in the Central African Republic, or in any other country where there is an internal conflict. Nowhere does the West question the need for direct dialogue. However, in this case they denied Donbass this right for the simple reason that the Kiev government has been forcing its Western patrons to share or silently swallow the fact that their actions were driven by Russophobia.

I am using the past tense. The Minsk agreements have been dead for several years now because Kiev sought to sabotage its obligations, and also because of the West’s conniving and permissive attitude towards the Kiev regime. Everyone understands that we were not the ones who buried these agreements. The failure by the European Union to enforce its own decisions is quite telling. This applies not only to Ukraine’s internal crisis, where the EU failed with its guarantees, but also to other foreign policy areas for this organisation.

Consider the crisis in Kosovo. A unilateral declaration of independence with the overwhelming majority of democratic states applauding. Moreover, that declaration of independence was not made at the height of hostilities, but during a direct dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina. It was 2008. Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, former President of Finland Martti Ahtisaari supervised that track. As the talks were progressing, all of a sudden, he said, “We have to come to an agreement within a certain time” – and he set a deadline. Belgrade asked why. He never explained. The Kosovo Albanians realised time was now working for them and blocked any progress in the negotiations with Belgrade. When his ultimatum expired, the former President of Finland declared Kosovo’s independence. This is what direct dialogue leads to.

Subsequently, in 2013, at the call of the UN General Assembly, the European Union began to establish a dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, and in 2013 a consensus was reached to establish the Community of Serb Municipalities in Kosovo. Just as the Minsk agreements provided for a special status and rights for Donbass, the agreement on the Community of Serb Municipalities in 2013 provided for similar linguistic and cultural rights for northern Kosovo and its Serb population. However, Pristina has been refusing to fulfil its obligations under that consensus ever since, and the EU is absolutely helpless to do anything. So we have more and more doubts about the EU’s ability to act as a mediator (a role they claim) and achieve at least some significant result.

We continue to insist that all problems be resolved peacefully. In this regard, we are justifiably concerned about the Kiev regime’s militant rhetoric, the efforts to pump Ukraine with weapons, and the ongoing skirmishes initiated by the Kiev regime on the borders of the LPR and the DPR. However, now that Russia has signed treaties of friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance with those new states, we thereby guarantee their security. I think everyone understands this.

Question: Is the Kiev regime ready to exacerbate relations under these circumstances? In his speech made late at night, Vladimir Zelensky said it was time to act.

Sergey Lavrov: Yes, I have read what he said. You can expect anything from him. He is an unbalanced and dependent person who is under the direct control of his American curators. Regarding the US influence on Ukraine, I was really astonished by the statement made by US Representative at the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield. She said that Russia is intimidating the world by claiming that Ukraine is seeking nuclear weapons. This is not true, she said, adding that Ukraine doesn’t want them. This could be taken to mean that it will be able to obtain nuclear weapons if it decides that it wants them.

The rhetorical stunts of our Western colleagues are designed to aggravate the confrontation. Instead of looking for a way to ease the tensions they themselves have created, they are doing their utmost to knock the Russian Federation off balance and restrain our development, as President Vladimir Putin said yesterday in his address to the Russian people. This is sad.

We are still open to dialogue. But we would like to know the subject matter of this dialogue. If the goal is to humiliate Russia, to accuse it, there will be no dialogue. But if our partners accept Russia’s legitimate concerns regarding legally binding security guarantees in Europe, which we put forth in December 2021, we are ready to have an honest dialogue based on equality, respect and a balance of each other’s interests. This dialogue must be based on the implementation of all the obligations adopted in the past with regard to ensuring equal and indivisible security for all in our common region.




08.08.2022 - Embassy comment on the current situation around the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, 8 August, 2022

The Zaporozhye NPP was secured by Russian military servicemen at an early stage of the ongoing Special Military Operation with a clear objective – to prevent Ukrainian nationalist formations and foreign mercenaries from carrying out deliberately staged provocations and “false flag” attacks with predictably catastrophic consequences. The plant is run by the Ukrainian energy operator, but Russian military servicemen ensure the safety and security of the power plant.

08.08.2022 - Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on anniversary of the August events of 2008 in the South Caucasus, 8 August 2022

Today, on the 14th anniversary of the beginning of Georgia’s military aggression against the people of South Ossetia and the Russian peacekeepers of the Joint Peacekeeping Forces in the zone of the Georgian-South Ossetian conflict, we yet again pay the tribute to the memory of the victims of that treacherous attack and to the courage of those who sacrificed their lives to save the South Ossetian people from extirpation.

06.08.2022 - Statement by Mr. Igor Vishnevetskii, Deputy Head of the Russian Delegation, at the 8th Plenary Meeting of the 10th NPT Review Conference, 6 August 2022

Right during our meeting, alarming information is coming about the situation at the Zaporozhye NPP. Just two hours ago, the Ukrainian armed forces shelled the Zaporozhye NPP with large-caliber artillery. The shells hit the facility distributing electricity to the plant, which is fraught with the risk of its blackout.There is a fire in the area of the shelling as pipelines were damaged.

05.08.2022 - Statement by Mr. Andrey Belousov, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the Russian Federation at the Tenth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (Cluster I, Nuclear Disarmament) 5, August 2022

Nuclear disarmament is at the forefront of the international agenda. Despite visible progress in strategic arms reduction, the nuclear powers are accused of almost sabotaging their disarmament obligations. We cannot agree with this interpretation, at least with regard to the Russian Federation.

05.08.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s statement and answers to media questions following ASEAN ministerial meetings, Phnom Penh, August 5, 2022

We held a Russia-ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ meeting. This is an annual event. We reviewed the implementation of the agreements reached at the Russia-ASEAN summit in the autumn of 2021 held via videoconference. The summit adopted an important document – the Comprehensive Plan of Action (CPA) to implement the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the Russian Federation strategic partnership (2021–2025).

03.08.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions following talks with Foreign Minister of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Wunna Maung Lwin, Nay Pyi Taw, August 3, 2022

We held good talks with our colleagues from Myanmar. This year, we have intensively developed contacts in all areas. Our mechanisms for cooperation include the trade, economic, military, military-technical, humanitarian and education fields.

02.08.2022 - Statement by Mr. Igor Vishnevetskii, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the Russian Federation at the 10th NPT Review Conference (General Debate), New York , August 2, 2022

In over half a century of its existence, the Treaty has become a key element of the international system of security and strategic stability. The obligations stipulated by the Treaty in the areas of non-proliferation, disarmament, and the peaceful use of nuclear energy fully serve the interests of nuclear and non-nuclear-weapon states alike.

02.08.2022 - Foreign Ministry’s statement on personal sanctions on British politicians, journalists, and businesspeople, 1 August, 2022

In response to the British government’s expanding list of personal sanctions on the leading representatives of Russia’s social and political circles, business and the media, Russia has included the British politicians, journalists, and businesspeople, who promote London’s hostile policy aimed at demonising Russia and isolating it internationally, on the Russian “stop list.”

01.08.2022 - Embassy comment on Ukrainian Ambassador to the UK Vadym Prystaiko’s claims to Russian property, 1 August, 2022

Ambassador Prystaiko has claimed that Russia “should return at least a third” of its properties abroad, which date back to USSR times, including its properties in the UK. It is important to point out that such claims by Ukrainian officials have no basis in international law.

01.08.2022 - Press release on the results of the SCO Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs meeting, Tashkent, 28-29 July, 2022

The agenda of the meeting focused on preparations for the meeting of the SCO Heads of States Council to be held in Samarkand in September. The summit is to consider the state of multilateral cooperation and prospects for its further development, and identify priorities and practical measures to step up SCO’s activities at the current stage. Particular attention will be paid to the enhancement of the organisation's role in world affairs in the light of the current geopolitical realities.

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