Foreign Minister Lavrov said Russia would consider restarting relations with the West.
MOSCOW, May 24 – RIA Novosti. Russia will seriously consider whether it needs it if the West wants to offer something to mend relations. This statement was made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov as part of the “One Hundred Questions to the Leader” project of the Primakov Gymnasium.
Lavrov stressed that official Moscow will trust only itself and states that follow an independent policy and have proven their credibility.
Lavrov admitted that he was surprised at the speed with which the West took an anti-Russian position after the start of a special military operation.
“I was amazed at the speed with which the West took an anti-Russian position and fostered home-level anti-Russian hostility after the start of special military operations,” the minister said.
Now, he added, under the influence of this Russian hostility, political scientists have begun to pay attention to Western definitions of Russia in the past. At the same time, Lavrov said, “only now, voices are heard when people are outraged by the decision of FM Dostoevsky and LN Tolstoy to ban teaching in Western schools and change street names.”
According to the diplomat, Moscow draws attention to the attempts of the governments of many Western countries to play with the household-level anti-Russian manifestations. “This is worrying,” Lavrov said.
“They don’t know what Russia is”
Speaking of the need to beat Russia “on the battlefield”, Lavrov said Western politicians probably didn’t study well at school and didn’t know what it was like.
The most promising region
Speaking about Eurasia, the minister expressed confidence that it has become the most promising region in the world, Russia needs to handle its regulation without using the tools of others.
The head of diplomacy agreed that “Eurasia is becoming the most promising region in the world. The dollar needs to settle it by creating our own, not using someone else’s tools like the SWIFT financial messaging system.” said department.
The Minister added that it is not very difficult.
The situation in Ukraine
On February 24, Russia launched a special operation to de-Nazis and demilitarize Ukraine. As Vladimir Putin emphasized, its aim is “to protect people who have been subjected to eight years of bullying and genocide by the Kyiv regime”. According to the Ministry of Defense, the Russian armed forces attack only the military infrastructure and Ukrainian troops, nothing threatens the civilian population. The main purpose of the operation in the division was called the liberation of Donbass.
Western countries responded by imposing sanctions on Russia. They mainly touched the banking sector and the field of high technologies. There are also regular calls for the abandonment of Russian energy supplies. However, the disruption of technological chains has led to economic problems in Europe and the United States, especially in food and fuel prices.
On March 23, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that gas supply payments will be transferred to the ruble to EU countries and other countries that are taking restrictive measures against Moscow. He then signed a corresponding decree, saying that if “hostile” countries do not pay in rubles from April 1, Russia will consider it a default in gas contracts.
According to the new plan, Gazprombank will open special currency and ruble accounts for foreign buyers to pay for gas. The buyer will be able to transfer money to the first account for the supply of “blue fuel” in the currency specified in the contract, the bank will sell it on the Moscow Stock Exchange, after which the buyer will receive rubles for the gas account and pay it with the gas supplier – Gazprom. Due to Bulgaria and Poland’s refusal to switch to this plan, Gazprom stopped deliveries to these countries on April 27.
At the same time, many countries in Asia, South America and Africa, which have traditionally adhered to a non-bloc approach in foreign policy, steadfastly refused to support anti-Russian sanctions. Most Middle Eastern states are also taking a cautious stance about the situation in Ukraine.
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