Question: What do you think is at the root of the Ukrainian crisis? What can the international community do to solve this problem?
Sergey Lavrov: 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. As you know, those promises were just empty words. All these years, NATO infrastructure has been moving closer and closer to the Russian borders.
The West was never concerned about the fact that their actions grossly violated their international obligations not to strengthen their own security at the expense of the security of others. In particular, Washington and Brussels arrogantly rejected the initiatives put forward by Russia in December 2021 to ensure our country’s security guarantees in the west: to stop the expansion of NATO, not to deploy armaments that pose a threat to Russia in Ukraine and to return the Alliance’s military infrastructure to the 1997 configuration, when the NATO-Russia Founding Act was signed.
It is well-known that the United States and NATO member states have always viewed Ukraine as a tool to contain Russia. Over the years, they have actively fuelled anti-Russia sentiments there, forcing Kiev to make an artificial and false choice: to be either with the West or with Moscow.
It was the collective West that first provoked and then supported the anti-constitutional coup d’etat in Kiev in February 2014. Nationalists came to power in Ukraine and immediately unleashed a bloody massacre in Donbass, and set the course on the destruction of everything Russian in the rest of the country. Let me remind you that it was precisely because of this threat that the people of Crimea voted in a referendum for the reunification with Russia in 2014.
Over these past years, the United States and its allies have done nothing to stop the intra-Ukrainian conflict. Instead of encouraging Kiev to settle it politically based on the Minsk Complex of Measures, they sent weapons, trained and armed the Ukrainian army and nationalist battalions, and generally carried out the military-political development of Ukraine’s territory. They encouraged the aggressive anti-Russia course pursued by the Kiev authorities. In fact, they pushed the Ukrainian nationalists to undermine the negotiating process and resolve the Donbass issue by force.
We were deeply concerned about the undeclared biological programmes implemented in Ukraine with Pentagon’s support in close proximity to the Russian borders. And, of course, we could not disregard the Kiev leadership’s undisguised intentions to acquire a military nuclear potential, which would create an unacceptable threat to Russia’s national security.
In these conditions, we had no other choice but to recognise the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics and launch the special military operation. Its aim is to protect people from genocide by the neo-Nazis, as well as to demilitarise and denazify Ukraine. I would like to stress that Russia is acting to fulfil its obligations under bilateral agreements on cooperation and mutual assistance with the DPR and LPR, at the official request of Donetsk and Lugansk under Article 51 of the UN Charter on the right to self-defence.
The special military operation launched on February 24 is progressing strictly in accordance with the plan. All its goals will be achieved in spite of our opponents’ counteractions. At the moment we are witnessing a classic case of double standards and hypocrisy of the Western establishment. By publicly supporting the Kiev regime, NATO member states are doing everything in their power to prevent the completion of the operation by reaching political agreements. Various weapons are flowing endlessly into Ukraine through Poland and other NATO countries. All of this is being done under the pretext of “fighting the invasion”, but in fact the United States and the European Union intend to fight Russia “to the last Ukrainian.” They do not care at all about the fate of Ukraine as an independent subject of international relations.
The West is ready to jeopardise the energy and food security of entire regions of the globe to satisfy its own geopolitical ambitions.What ither explanation is there for the unrestrained flywheel of anti-Russian sanctions launched by the West with the start of the operation and which they aren’t thinking of stopping?
If the United States and NATO are truly interested in settling the Ukrainian crisis, then, first, they must come to their senses and stop supplying weapons and ammunition to Kiev. The Ukrainian people do not need Stingers and Javelins; what they need is a solution to urgent humanitarian issues.Russia has been doing this since 2014. During this time, tens of thousands of tonnes of humanitarian cargo have been delivered to Donbass, and about 15,000 tonnes of humanitarian aid have already arrived in the part of Ukraine liberated from the Kiev regime, the DPR and the LPR, since the launch of the special military operation.
Second, it is essential that the Kiev regime stops cynical provocations, including in the information space. Ukrainian armed formations are barbarically shelling cities using civilians as living shields. We saw examples of this in Donetsk and Kramatorsk. Captured Russian servicemen are being abused with animal cruelty, and these atrocities are being posted online. At the same time, they use their Western patrons and global media controlled by the West to accuse the Russian army of war crimes. As they say, laying the blame at somebody else’s door.
It is high time for the West to stop unconditionally whitewashing and covering up for Kiev. Otherwise, … Washington, Brussels and other Western capitals should consider their responsibility for complicity in the bloody crimes perpetrated by the Ukrainian nationalists.
Question: What measures has Russia taken to protect the lives and property of civilians? What efforts has it made to establish humanitarian corridors?
Sergey Lavrov: As I mentioned earlier, the special military operation is proceeding according to plan. Under this plan, the Russian military personnel are doing everything in their power to avoid victims among civilians. Blows are carried out with high-precision weapons, first of all at military infrastructure facilities and places where armoured vehicles are concentrated. Unlike the Ukrainian army and nationalist armed groups that use people as living shields, the Russian army provides the locals with all kinds of assistance and support.
Humanitarian corridors open daily from Kharkov and Mariupol to evacuate people from dangerous districts, but the Kiev regime demands that the “national battalions” in control of those areas do not release the civilians. Nevertheless, many are able to leave with the assistance of Russian, DPR and LPR servicemen. During the special military operation, the hotline of the Interdepartmental Coordination Headquarters of the Russian Federation for Humanitarian Response in Ukraine has received requests for assistance in evacuating 2.8 million people to Russia, including 16,000 foreign citizens and employees of UN and OSCE international missions. In total, 1.02 million people have been evacuated from Ukraine, the DPR and LPR, of which over 120,000 are citizens of third countries, including over 300 Chinese nationals. There are over 9,500 temporary accommodation facilities operating in Russian regions. They have space for rest and hot meals, and everything that may be necessary. Newly arrived refugees are provided with qualified medical and psychological assistance.
Russia is taking measures to ensure civilian navigation in the Black and Azov seas. A humanitarian corridor opens daily, a safe lane for ships. However, Ukraine continues to block foreign ships, creating a threat of shelling in its internal waters and territorial sea. Moreover, Ukrainian naval units have mined the shore, the ports and territorial waters. These explosive devices disconnect from their anchor lines and drift into the open sea, so they pose a serious danger to both the fleets and the port infrastructure of the Black Sea countries.
Question: Since the special military operation was launched in Ukraine, Western counties have adopted a large number of unprecedented sanctions against Moscow. How do you think these sanctions will affect Russia? What are the main countermeasures taken by Russia? Some say that a new Cold War has begun. How would you comment on that?
Sergey Lavrov: It is true that the special military operation was used by the collective West as a pretext to unleash numerous restrictions against Russia, as well as its legal entities and individuals. The United States, Great Britain, Canada and EU countries do not conceal that their goal is to strangle our economy by undermining its competitiveness and blocking Russia’s progressive development. At the same time, the Western ruling circles are not embarrassed by the fact that anti-Russian sanctions are already beginning to harm ordinary people in their own countries. I mean the declining economic trends in the United States and many European countries, including growing inflation and unemployment.
It is clear that there can be no excuse for this anti-Russian line and it has no future. As President Vladimir Putin said, Russia has withstood this unprecedented pressure. Now the situation is stabilising, though, of course, not all risks are behind us.
In any case, they will not succeed in weakening us. I am confident that we will restructure the economy and protect ourselves from our opponents’ possible illegitimate and hostile actions in the future. We will continue to give a fitting and adequate response to the imposed restrictions, guided by the goal of maintaining the stability of the Russian economy and its financial system, as well as the interests of domestic businesses and the entire nation. We will focus our efforts on de-dollarisation, de-offshorisation, import substitution, and promotion of technological independence.We will continue to adapt to external challenges and step up development programmes for promising and competitive industries.
During the period of turbulence, our retaliatory special economic measures needed to ensure the normal functioning of the Russian economy will be continued and expanded. As a responsible player on the international market, Russia intends to continue scrupulously fulfilling its obligations under international contracts on export deliveries of agricultural products, fertilisers, energy carriers and other critical products. We are deeply concerned about a possible food crisis provoked by the anti-Russian sanctions, and we are well aware how important the deliveries of essential goods, such as food, are for the socioeconomic development of Asian, African, Latin American, and Middle Eastern countries.
I will be brief as regards the second part of your question. Today we are not talking about a new “cold war,” but, as I said earlier, about the persistent desire to impose a US-centric model of the world order coming from Washington and its satellites, who imagine themselves to be “arbiters of humankind’s fate.” It has reached the point where the … Western minority is trying to replace the UN-centric architecture and international law formed after World War II with their own “rule-based order.” These rules are written by Washington and its allies and then imposed on the international community as binding.
We must realise that the United States has been carrying out this destructive policy for several decades now. It is enough to recall NATO’s aggression against Yugoslavia, attacks on Iraq and Libya, attempts to destroy Syria, as well as the colour revolutions that Western capitals staged in a number of countries, including Ukraine. All of this came at the cost of hundreds of thousands of lives and resulted in chaos in various regions of the planet.
The West tries to crudely suppress those who carry out an independent course in their domestic and foreign policy. Not just Russia. We can see how bloc thinking is being imposed in the Asian-Pacific Region. We can recall the Indo-Pacific strategy promoted by the United States, which has a pronounced anti-China tendency. The US seeks to dictate the standards according to which Latin America should live, in the spirit of the outdated Monroe Doctrine. This explains many years of the illegal trade embargo on Cuba, sanctions against Venezuela, as well as attempts to undermine stability in Nicaragua and other countries. The pressure on Belarus continues in the same context. This list can go on.
It is clear that the collective West’s efforts to oppose the natural course of history and solve its problems at the expense of others are doomed. Today the world has several decision-making centres; it is multipolar. We can see how quickly Asian, African, and Latin American countries are developing. Everyone is getting a real freedom of choice, including where it comes to choosing their development models and participation in integration projects. Our special military operation in Ukraine also contributes to the process of freeing the world from the West’s neocolonial oppression heavily mixed with racism and a complex of exceptionalism.
The faster the West accepts the new geopolitical situation, the better it will be for the West itself and for the entire international community.
As President Xi Jinping said at the Boao Forum for Asia, “We need to uphold the principle of indivisible security, build a balanced, effective and sustainable security architecture, and oppose the pursuit of one’s own security at the cost of others’ security.”
Question: Russian-Ukrainian talks have attracted close attention of the international community. What are the main obstacles to the talks today? How do you regard the prospects of a peace treaty between the two parties? What kind of bilateral relations does Russia intend to have with Ukraine in the future?
Sergey Lavrov: At present the Russian and Ukrainian delegations are holding discussions on the possible draft almost daily, via videoconference. This document should contain such elements of the post-conflict situation as permanent neutrality, the non-nuclear, non-bloc and demilitarised status of Ukraine, as well as guarantees of its security. The agenda of the talks also includes denazification, recognition of the new geopolitical reality, the lifting of sanctions and the status of the Russian language, among other things. Settling the situation in Ukraine will make a significant contribution to the de-escalation of the military and political tensions in Europe and the world in general. The establishment of an institution of guarantor states is envisaged as a possible option. First of all, they will be the permanent members of the UN Security Council, including Russia and China. We share information on the progress in the talks with Chinese diplomats. We are grateful to Beijing and other BRICS partners for their balanced position on the Ukrainian issue.
We are in favour of continuing the talks, although the process is difficult.
You are right to ask about the obstacles. For example, they include the militant rhetoric and incendiary actions of Kiev’s Western patrons. They are actually encouraging Kiev to “fight to the last Ukrainian,” pumping the country with weapons and sending mercenaries there. Let me note that the Ukrainian security services staged a crude bloody provocation in Bucha with the help of the West, to complicate the negotiation process among other things.
I am confident that agreements can only be reached when Kiev starts to be guided by the interests of the Ukrainian people, and not the advisors from far away.
Speaking about Russian-Ukrainian relations, Russia is interested in a peaceful, free, neutral, prosperous and friendly Ukraine. Despite the current administration’s anti-Russian course, we remember the many centuries of all-embracing cultural, spiritual, economic and family ties between Russians and Ukrainians. We will definitely restore these ties.
Is there anything politicall preventing China using its industrial capacity to mass produce Russian arms?
No country in its right mind outsources its military production.
The “political limitation” is whether or not the Russian government has allowed Chinese firms to have full access to the blueprints & manufacturing procedures to produce Kalibrs, Kinzhals, Ka-52s, etc. Otherwise I am sure China would supply Russia with whatever they want.
Nobody lets another country have its state-of-the-art military technology. The latest technology is never used for technology transfers. Anyways, the Russians have plenty of defense and aerospace production capabilities. No point in outsourcing that. What they need are electronic devices supplied by the West. China will be able to supply some of that, but they don’t yet have the latest technology in chip manufacturing. Thus, it’s going to be a question of making do without the latest electronic devices. I think the Russians most likely have prepared for that.
This article explains it pretty good
India just won a contract to produce Russia’s Kalashnikovs.
Russia probably does not need China to mass produce their other weapons systems.
They might grant China the license to produce some of their weapons domestically so their two militaries will have more interoperability.
As it is, the cooperation between them has been considerable.
In 1 short sentence: Uncle Shmuel wants war.
Very few will get it, they’re in denial of Shmuel.
True, very few will get it as most have been indoctrinated from
youth that Uncle Shmuel is both the world’s primary victim of
misfortune and misunderstanding…yet NOT to be examined
too deeply or in a critical light when found to be involved or
at the center of something that is destructive of Shmuel’s
host culture or nation.
Say, the attack on the USS Liberty for example…or the
cultural push for the adoption of homosexuality and miscengenation
and promiscuity as “normal” via ‘entertainment’ and commercials.
NorthGunner – The Truth Is It’s OWN Defense!
Maybe a little off topic, but does anyone else see an analogy here; Mike Tyson punches airplane passenger after being heckled by the passenger, and having a water bottle thrown at him*.
So Mike knocked someone off their ‘complex of exceptionalism’ horse ….could use more of that.
Ukraine is an excuse from the US for the $1.5Trillion deficit it is running every year.
With a total of $28trillion of paper handed out to suppliers of goods and services they have to have a monstrous economic downturn (aka market ‘correction’), but need to blame it on someone.
Certainly cannot blame the silly covid rules West dumped on the whole world, and definitely not the tens of trillions of dollars the richest 1% accumulated during covid time.
No, that lot want to buy the last piece of bread and buy every square inch of bottom 50% of their own people.
Guess who is the enemy? It is their own 50% who must not understand the culprits destroying their livelihood.
When you have nothing to export and double your cash in two years, and yet desire for the whole world to respect you….This is a matter every 12 year old can understand if you give them facts. A big IF.
“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the nose”–Mike Tyson
Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face. – M. Tyson.
Mike Tyson vs. Karen.
Still can’t believe that actually happened.
Never ever underestimate the gullibility of the masses.
Life is a gullibility test, and the masses are failing.
For proof of that, just look around and see how many are STILL complying
with wearing their face diapers and ‘social distancing’ in abject fear of what
is nothing more than the common cold..as it always was.
All done in the name of the Cult of Cov-Idiocy…kept alive by Klaus Schwab,
Yuval Hariri, Anthony Fauci and other members of the parasite class.
NorthGunner – The Truth Is It’s OWN Defense!
A very concise and succicently stated message to the World by Mr. Lavrov. I wish that we in the U.S. had Statesmen as intelligent and commited to International Peace and order as the brilliant Russian spokesman, Sergei Lavrov.
Lavrov is seriously behind the curve. Wars, the longer they drag on, have a way of expanding war aims. At this point, anything but carving up Ukraine like a Thanksgiving turkey will be a serious failure for Russia. Any “agreements” with Ukraine will immediately be a dead letter.
We keep reading that the time taken is a function of the small percentage of men and equipment that Russia has committed, to date. Is it possible that Russia is holding back, the bulk of its force, based on the surmise, even hope, that the US/NATO might put boots on the ground ?
America orchestrated this war and continue to feed it arms. Yet, only lots of Ukrainians and some Russian are dying. This dynamic needs to change or these bastards won’t stop.
You can start with levelling the main US-NATO Command Post in Lvov, FFS.
Shake off the mental shackles of obedience and select your first 10 NATO assets. Upon losing those assets these cowards will leave your backyard, What’s not to understand? Don’t give me ‘armchair general BS’, these psychopaths are relying Russia’s reluctance to attack NATO directly. While Russia’s inaction against NATO is prolonging war and loss of life. The US Government are happy to oblige.
At this moment in time the Poles, Romanians, Bulgarians and Baltics should be very very very afraid for their lives, but hell no, they’re as bold as brass participating in military exercises on Ukraine’s border.
Send a message for crying out loud. Saving Ukrainian lives in the SMO is very gallant and will win hearts & minds, but allowing NATO/vassals to ship arms and militias into Ukraine and not stop it at source is a foolish strategy.
To the contrary. Putin has to assuage the Atlanticists within his own government & Russian society generally.
By the collective West continually funding/arming/training Ukies it constantly exposes the US/NATO’s real intentions. The proxy war becomes more apparent. The position of the Atlanticists within government & Russian society becomes more and more untenable.
In addition, by allowing arms to enter western Ukraine, their drop off locations are easily identifiable and can be easily neutralised without risking a wider conflict and invoking Article 5 of NATO’S Collective Defence.
The brilliance of Putin & Russian military commanders as strategists is they fully understand the martial art maxim of using your enemies’ own energy to overthrow them.
“Putin has to assuage the Atlanticists within his own government & Russian society generally.”
Another term for them is ‘International Neocons’, particularly for those of Jewish extraction. Divides such as East vs. West beg a higher ordering principle, which for this case banksters and their International Neocon foot soldiers are a lock.
Good point BDC.
I invoked the word “Atlanticists’ to remind commenters of The Saker’s “Atlantic Integrationists” as distinct from The Saker’s “Russian Sovereignists” – which can result in a schizoid foreign & defence policy within a government, but also to remind commenters that Putin has to continually cooperate/negotiate with the AI’s within his own governmental & bureaucratic structure.
Re: “banksters and their International Neocon foot soldiers are a lock”. It definitely is the case, as was concisely outlined by US 5-star Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler (who, by the way, saved the US from the 1930’s fascist coup spearheaded by none other than Prescott Bush, father of Papa Bush & grandfather of ‘Dubya’ – which was euphemistically called the “Business Plot”)
War is a Racket [in PDF] https://ratical.org/ratville/CAH/warisaracket.html
All wars are banksters’ wars!
“..US 5-star Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler (who, by the way, saved the US from the 1930’s fascist coup spearheaded by none other than Prescott Bush, father of Papa Bush & grandfather of ‘Dubya’ – which was euphemistically called the “Business Plot”)..”
Yeah…right…and for his efforts in thwarting what he considered ‘fascism’, he made
sure that the outcome for America would be that bolshevism would prevail and win
under the Globalist pedo Rothschild banksters with ample help from their owned
Kabuki Political Theater meatpuppet FDR with oversight from their on the spot
controllers such as Bernard Baruch, Samuel Untermeyer, rabbi Stephen Wise and the likes
of Alger Hiss, not to mention Chaim Weizmann.
Most folk don’t have the first clue as to what Fascism REALLY is..yet they bray
it forth from their indoctrinated pie holes as a insult/slur the first chance they get.
In order to finally dispel the ignorance and indoctrination about that system,
here is an essay from investigative journalist Mike King on that subject:
What is “Fascism”? Mike King – The REAL History Channel
And most folks have been utterly lied to regarding ‘The BAD War’ (aka WW2)
by purposeful indoctrination by the Globalist pedo Rothschild banksters via
their control of such things as ‘education’, mass media and ‘entertainment’.
Thankfully a remedy for such indoctrination does also exist in the form of
Mike King’s, “The BAD War – The Truth NEVER Told About World War 2”.
Here’s a link to read it online via pdf:
A physical copy can be purchased from Mike at the first website listed above.
Hope that helps to clear things up.
NorthGunner – The Truth Is It’s OWN Defense!
aIt was Neville Chamberlain the PM of Britain, who declared war on Germany in 1939, at the behest of the international bankers, since Hitler refused to keep paying the draconian financial reparations imposed at the Treaty of Versailles in 1919. Instead in 1933 he introduced a new debt free German mark paid to the workforce for actually doing work, building autobahns and making Volkswagens to create full employment and prosperity.
I agree. Those nerve centres in Lwow and Kiev etc were already said to be on a target list. So attack them , and scare are off all these Nato advisers who tour Ukraine like absentee landlords come for their yearly “beating the boundaries”.
This is going to be another frozen conflict with Russia occupying the East and South, while a land-locked Galicia will be used as a Nato staging post for terrorist attacks on the liberated regions. This will force Russian troops to disrupt land transportation lines between Galicia and the West to prevent any weapons supplies getting through. That will also mean that Galicia will be starved of energy and other supplies that would have to come via the same land routes. Ukraine is already rationing gasoline to 10 liters per car owner. While the Russian-held territories will have plentiful supplies from Russia. Russia could turn supplies to Galicia on and off depending on the good behavior or rump Ukraine. Let the Banderites stew in their ethnically pure soup for a wile and see how they like it, or if their hatred will make them turn against each other.
Finally, the tables have turned, the children of the Donbas won’t have to hide in the cellars anymore, as proclaimed by Poroshenko:
My take is that everything Russia wants long term, is going their way right now. There is no focused will at all about things, with food fights and resistence to solid, united movement by the EU is showing up all over the place. As far as the energy trade goes, my God what a circus. Energy companies, investors and Western governments are moving in all directions simultaneaously. It is like watching a big, old-fashioned, open air French souffle explosion. And US leadership, pffffffft ………….. look a some of the stuff Biden has been doing. He is absolutely spaced out. They got nuthin´.
That doesn´t mean it is not frustrating. But, even the new NATO HQ being set up is not being left alone by the Russian MOD. Why blow it up when they probably knew about it coming, before it was even established. No, let it go, observe and recon it 24/7 until they squeeze that dry and then erase it. Everything has solid reasoning behind what is visible, even though it is not known to us.
So, I feel ya FUD. But, I am just sitting back, keeping my cool and trying to enjoy what may be the last few days and weeks of our civilization.
My best to you and yours FUD.
Have we broached Reparations yet, it’s not too early to compute, coinciding with the War Crime Tribunals?
An example of Satan’s work in their last major incursions, Iraq & Syria. They trained & armed similar scum to what we see today in Ukraine, in doing so, destroying the very fabric of those countries for one, maybe two generations.
Russia is working tirelessly to stabilise Syria, militarily, economically, geopolitically and politically, whereby the Saudi & Gulf vassals who part financed America’s Global War On Terror, agreed to invest in its rehabilitation, reopening embassies and other diplomatic channels. Now adding insult to injury the US has threatened those States with sanctions while at the same time siphoning off Syria’s energy resources at the expense of an impoverished population.
A failed colour revolution but remaining on your land to bleed you dry. This is their modus operandi, this is what they seek for Ukraine-Russia-Region.
Only by destroying western NATO assets will Russia/World ever see peace. If Europe want to play sacrificial lamb then it should be to Russia, who for 30 years has tried hard to work hand in hand, while the other offer on the table from the Americans is a poisoned chalice, obviously detrimental to this continent; attractive to 0.1% and their foot soldiers (gestapo ).
I’m a maths guy and have painstakingly calculated that should Russia strike the US-NATO bases, airports (arms dump/terrorist training centres ) and major routes in Poland leading to Ukraine then America will flee in a sea of shit-splatter across the Atlantic. Having fled, REPARATIONS will now be discussed, including the XXX $Billion confiscated/suspended in the FC Market, with the rest of US-NATO bases in Europe, held hostage.
Lastly, the numbers. There’s a 95.8% chance this will play out, however, with a degree of uncertainty of (92.4%) , guaranteeing worst case scenario, a 3.4% success. lol
I know I should get out more but all those compliant zombies ambling around aimlessly asking for £27 to house a Ukrainian refugee scares me.
Spot-On and succinct.
I remember after Debaltsevo there was a very noticeable pause of about one week before the US gave any response, entirely due to the forceful position facing them…Whilst Putin and Lavrov certainly say exactly what they mean, the American mind is tuned into a more aggressive posture and the polite Russian way of diplomat-speak comes across as weak and uneasy. Time for Russia to turn up the Pain-Dial. Lots of juicy targets that appear to have been neglected.
Totally agree – I’d start with reducing the US Embassy in Kiev to rubble. Claim a mistake as in $hit happens like the Americans did to the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade way back.
One obvious reason why the diplomatic negotiation between Kiev and Moscow move so slowly is that whenever there is an agreement on some point either the West doubles up on weapon shippings or the radicals create a false flag to derail the process. As Jacques Baud says in an interview published today, “Zelensky appears to be blackmailed by forces he is probably not in full control of.”
At some point last week I guess a Ukrainainian negotiator said that Zelensky needs to to talk directly with Pitin to solve some remaining issues. Putin did not follow up on that suggestion asking for a complete draft of an eventual agreement before meeting Zelensky.
Now I think maybe Zelensky has some topics he wants to discuss directly with Putin that he does not want leaked to the US or to the violent radical groups. And he can’t put those topics on the negotiation agenda. That’s pure speculation at this point, but if Zelensky is more than a mere puppet as Baud seems to believe, then a direct meeting between both of them migh open new avenues for a resolution of that conflict.
It will only open up an opportunity for the US to assassinate President Putin.
The only Russian Ze needs to meet up with is Shoigu. Ze cannot do anything but act the part.
Sad as it is to say, it is beginning to look more and more like this is not going to have a happy ending.
The U.S. is hamstrung. They don’t dare move against Russia because of Taiwan. They have bases all over the world that will become immediate targets for everybody. It will be payback time indeed.
Knowing this I can see the U.S. doing something really stupid at this moment. Blinken is having a hard time blinking let alone thinking. There are no best and the brightest in the U.S. administration anymore. So, what is it going to be?
Well, we all know the answer to that question, don’t we? “Real men go to Tehran.”
May Day blessing folks!
The U.S., like the West in general, is run by women and weak men who prefer to socially shame rather than do anything substantive.
They might be dumb enough, but hopefully they’ll be far too cowardly. I mean, they are cowards after all.
Yup thats exactly my thought.
Zelensky doesn’t have the power to decide anything no matter whether he meets directly with Putin or not. He’ll probably be killed if he made any concessions to the Russians. That’s what has stalled Minsk II for 7 years. Since the fascist coup, the Maidan Republic is beholden to the fascist monsters it owes its existence to.
“if zelensky is more than a mere puppet”
Look at the wealth that this guy has amassed since 2019 which puts him in the category of a billionaire. That alone indicates that he’s bought and paid for.
He’s owned by the west. He does what he’s told.
He is an actor.
He was hired to perform that role.
It doesn’t matter that he started out bought and paid for. Billionaires at some point or another start thinking they are running the show. That is why they make bad puppets / why he is more than a puppet.
Zelensky’s demands for staying bought have reached outlandish proportions.
“Speaking about Russian-Ukrainian relations, Russia is interested in a peaceful, free, neutral, prosperous and friendly Ukraine.”
How to interpret these statement?
So russia is asking for face saving solution?
Russian western partners will interpret his statement in a right way:
Capitulation through the back door
Face saving is solely for the west, especially as their economies crumble and their propaganda becomes ever more transparent.
For how many weeks now has Russia been on its last legs, running out of ammo and fuel, unable to manuever? How many times have we seen destroyed Ukrainian military equipment with freshly painted Z’s on them?
The longer this goes on the more blatantly obvious the lies become, even to those slurping down the CNN KoolAid …
As an ignorant outsider I turned to my existing YouTube channels for knowledge on the war.
On day two they all sprouted the same line.
Russia was out of supplies
I’m not an idiot.
Troops carry several days of supplies. The units were 100km in where vehicles had hundreds of km in their own tanks.
Lies. All lies. Those channels all took shekels to promote a lie.
The reason why is obvious. Make the war appeared even so that more misguided idiots can flock to die thereby weakening the world further.
Very detailed, as expected from this most accomplished diplomat.
The ‘West’ we now know should not be confused with Western Civilization, of which Russia was an integral part, though it does retain some aspects of the past.
An ersatz West began forming as bankers increasingly gained influence through international networking, with none better placed to take advantage than the pariah Jews in their Diaspora.
Today, the bankers’ International Neocons are policy wonks who manage brother Jew and Shabbos goy foot soldiers alike, with monetarism being both their tactic and primary strategy.
Follow the money, the media it can buy, and the power it brings – when good but leaderless people are fooled into accepting debt slavery.
When the special military operation is over, Russia will need to construct a heavily defendable wall between Ukraine and Russia. Great Wall of China, Berlin Wall, Trump’s Wall etc.
The Chinese and Israelis did it… why not Russia. It could do it using corvee labour .
You’re comparing totally different things. The Chinese did it and the result is China got very limited influence outside China’s own territory while the Western powers took over the entire world, which resulted in China’s defeat against the West in global hegemony. Israelis did it to block Palestinians. Palestinians are not NATO, not even close to NATO. Palestinians are a tiny minority who can’t pose a serious threat to Israel. Walls in Palestine isolate Palestine, not Israel. Walls around Russia only isolate Russia.
Now you should think and answer yourself why not Russia.
The Chinese built the great wall to keep out attackers and foreigners and never had the white superiority lust for world domination. They had always traded with people, as they do now.
The West took gunpowder from China and put it in the barrel of a gun. That was used to destroy and steal the wealth of all other countries. We’re you ever told about slavery? For centuries, the white west fought each other for control over these colonies. The final wars against each other was WW1 and WW2.
The walls the racist Zionist state Israel built against the Palestinians is a jail, for the few Palestinians left. Millions displaced are spread all over Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and so many other places. Years ago, Sharon allowed Christian Lebanese death squads into Palestinian camps and murdered thousands.
Years later, after weeks of Israeli bombing, they again crossed into Lebanon, and got a severe beating from Hezbollah. Today, Israel can only attack parts of Syria with air strikes. The threats to Iran is now a joke, and you will have to leave the entire middle east soon.
America is an ignorant bully devoid of any knowledge of history, and your 70 year old empire is coming to an end. A wall around Russia? Keep dreaming.
No such thing exists, except in the minds of his groupies.
The hundreds of miles of “wall” (more like a glorified fence) I helped build along the southern border over the past 10 years must have been in a dream, then.
Oh…his wall that’s been built in israel to keep the chosenite parasite’s
safe from the ‘cultural enrichment’ that they’ve fostered on other people.
And the indoctrinated trans-van-gelicals in America continue to blindly
send them money and support because israel and it’s people have
replaced Jesus and his ministry as the focal point of worship.
Talk about grift, mooching and guilt tripping via the Scofield bible hoax!
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What do you think is at the root of the Ukrainian crisis?
First, New York Banks paid $20 million in gold to have the Czar. Second, these same New York Banks funded Hitler. Now, these same New York Banks are financing the Nazis in Ukraine. Solution, get rid of these New York Banks.
Brussels. Frankfurt and London Financial Districts/Institutions need to be hit. Hit the 0.1% real hard that they’ll beg for their existence . . . . and stump up reparations.
There needs to be a full-on return to gold-backed currency and an abolishment of usury. Compound interest may be the easiest to get rid of.
It’s a pity that people’s interest (the poor people) is none of the business of the leaders in the western sphere. It’s only business, profit and ressources and a mentality to gain this without to pay for it. Thus conquering the world and play puppet master in Europe, Africa and whereever they manage to outwit the targeted country by capturing the elite through blackmail and other means. It’s time for a new way of handling things! Pity, that old concrete tick heads doing nothing but robb others must die out before such change can come…
A well stated and poignant interview with Minister Lavrov. After reading it, I read this ….
I think it is going to get pretty rough. The West, especially the US seems to think that nobody can hurt them. They are dead wrong. They think they hold various sorts of high ground ………… they are absolutely delirious. The West has not listened to anything coming out of offical channels in Russia and taken it seriously. So, I see a lot of bad stuff coming. I have been very sad about this over during last week. I feel bad for the kids. Some major, earth rattling level of shocks are incoming. I hope I am wrong on this.
The weapons they send get heavier, the attacks more brazen, even venturing onto Russian soil.
Time for Russia to make its own weapon deliveries, mach 8 zircon and friends.
I know these people and if you give them a centimetre they’ll take a metre, they’ll never ever stop until you bloody them. Right now 2000 deadbeats are working to exploit points of weakness and in this vast territory you can’t lock down everything.
If Poland, Romania and others want to play Russian roulette then give them a taste of what they can expect.
What will Russians do if the escalating goes on
is the million dollar question
WW3 started with the Majdan and still nobody seams to have noticed
“The West is ready to jeopardise the energy and food security of entire regions of the globe to satisfy its own geopolitical ambitions.”
And apparently, according to the reese report, they intend to monopolise food production with GMO and to introduce vaccines in the food , for example in vertical indoor produced lettuce. So we will be force vaccinated with the groceries we buy or maybe this has already been going on for a while?
And there is apparently an ongoing series of fires of food crops in the US.
In Ukraine Kiev is exporting food for weapons purchases.
In the 30s the anglosaxons demanded payment in grain for machine exports and they enforced a gold-blockade which must have contributed to the starvation.
may 1 2022
Kiev organized a large-scale export of food from the country:
Ukrainians face a new famine
We could never become diplomats, especially in comparing Lavrov with what we would say.
But if we could, our monologue would going something like this:
“The US is frightened by what Kissinger & Co said decades ago: IF Eurasia should ever become a solidified block of nations with their own trading/use of each other currencies, then the US Hegemony would be done. Period. The US Financial Markets/Bankers/Privatized Corporations see this happening. Without all those IMF Loans to poor nations, and this emerging matrix it would END the US flow of (loans) $$s returning to the US. The currency would collapse as a result.”
End of subject, but then we aren’t diplomats. Just Straight Talkers.
“Despite the current administration’s anti-Russian course, we remember the many centuries of all-embracing cultural, spiritual, economic and family ties between Russians and Ukrainians. We will definitely restore these ties.”
The US is in the same boat as Ukraine. Nazis have taken control and most people are in a trance. Russia finds itself in a familiar spot surrounded by enemies, but winning hearts and minds of some not insignificant allies.
To think the barbaric tactics of your enemy win anything but a strong will to justice in their victims is short sighted, tyranny ultimately fails no matter how many times you call it grand and glorious.
We’ve turned a nation of creative craftsmen into a cabal of charlatan hucksters, selling a product that only leads to degradation and suffering.
Seems there will be another round of Nuremberg trials, but they will be in Pittsburg and there will be no American judges.
Notice how in these US inspired colour revolutions it’s the most vulnerable who swarm N,S,E,W looking for respite when it’s only a matter of time before their hell comes knocking at your door, wherever you may be.
Blinken’s recent comment resonates, paraphrasing, once Russians enter your home it’s difficult to get rid of them is taken straight from the Zionist playbook, accuse others of what you yourself do.
78 years and counting in Germany & Japan, more than 2 decades in Iraq & Afghanistan (this century ), embedded in every nook & cranny of Sovereign States propping up this or that junta.
That POS should be skinned alive then spit roasted alongside the rest of the criminal cabal in America/Europe.
your last line is a helluva thing to say to a nation with 5,000 nuclear weapons. are the people that control those just gonna let you have your trial? i think you’re very confused about how all this ends. russia will come out better than ever, but the u.s. isn’t going anywhere. nato’s probably dead.
The Ukraine War is just a battle in a much larger war, WWIII really, which started years ago, with the spasms of a dying empire. With nuclear weapons, wars really are “existential”. Do the empire seeks domination economically and through subversion such as color revolutions and coups and support for self-destructive fanatics — and proxy wars, such as the Ukraine. The Empire is not just one of “Lies”; it is one of “Delusions” for it cannot win, without adaptation but its goals are retrogressive. It is a static culture. Eurasia is much more dynamic. Great challenges, which are for them existential, drive adaptation and change, and sideline ideology. https://julianmacfarlane.substack.com/p/why-rome-fell-and-the-us-will-too?s=w
In the paragraph beginning “I will be brief as regards…”, the following passage is missing from the main body of text and appears only in an adjacent pull quote:
“It has reached the point where the Western minority is trying to replace the UN-centric architecture and international law formed after World War II with their own “rule-based order.” These rules are written by Washington and its allies and then imposed on the international community as binding.”
Thanks wondered about that.