Lavrov’s reaction: unprecedented and to be precise, as far as Serbia is concerned… – WorldEnglish
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the decision to ban his plane from flying was unprecedented, which is why he canceled his visit to Serbia.
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At an extraordinary press conference called instead of visiting Belgrade, Lavrov said it was a policy of double standards. “They will say that the EU and NATO told them that, and NATO and the EU will say that these countries decide for themselves,” Lavrov said.
“It should be clear to you, the main thing is that nobody, I repeat, nobody manages to destroy our relations with Serbia,” Lavrov said, adding that he had invited Serbia’s foreign minister to go to Moscow.
“Something unthinkable has happened. It is a disturbing action. The sovereign state has been deprived of the right to pursue its own foreign policy by enforcing the rights available to it. It is a demonstration of up where NATO and the EU can go using the harshest means and influence against those who are guided by national interests and who are not prepared to sacrifice their dignity in the name of these rules imposed by the West. The visit of the Russian Minister to the West is seen as a large-scale threat,” Lavrov told an extraordinary press conference in Moscow.
By doing so, the West sends a clear signal to Russia that it will continue to pressure Moscow, without resorting to any means, Lavrov said, adding that he was not surprised by the West’s cynicism. “We have seen similar hypocrisy before, including during the bombing of Yugoslavia,” Lavrov said.
He said that the reasons for the postponement of the visit to Belgrade had been analyzed by the media of Serbia and the region, that is, Croatia, and one was that “Lavrov is persona non grata and that Lavrov should have overtaken Scholz, who is also coming to Belgrade. I leave that to the conscience of those analysts because it is humiliating.”
According to him, the talks in Serbia should cover a broader spectrum, and there was also talk of so-called Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina. “The Brussels puppeteers did not want to give Russia a platform in Belgrade for Moscow to express its position on a number of regional issues, to discuss the position of Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Serbian capital. Obviously, they did not want us to support Belgrade and their “Open Balkans” initiative, to improve relations in the region. It is now clear that NATO and Brussels want to turn the Balkans into their “Closed Balkans” project, he said. declared.
“They are more and more afraid of the truth, they are trying more and more to go to some false reality which they fill through social networks. They have completely excluded all alternative media. If such a choice is made , and I have no doubt yes, Brussels decides that it will decide the fate of all European countries. This once again shows what it costs to be a candidate for EU membership. The explanation is simple: candidates are obliged to follow without question the EU security policy in the preparatory phase, which is ultimately anti-Russian. This is what awaits countries trying to find a balance of interests”, Mr. Lavrov said.
According to him, politics today is centered on the anti-Russian direction, and he also recalled Josep Borrell’s “warlike” statement.
“This policy is focused on the anti-Russian direction. We appreciate the courageous position taken by Serbia and personally by President Vui, who stresses that he will not engage in anti-Russian activities, but the European Union wants all candidates to tackle the Russophobic bonds,” Lavrov said.
Lavrov asked what kind of security they had strengthened in Montenegro and North Macedonia, saying he felt sorry for these friendly peoples. At the same time, he said that Russia will never do anything that further complicates relations between nations. They are dealing with this in the West, Lavrov pointed out.
He added that Moscow has not yet heard the official explanations of the countries that refused to allow the flight of the plane of the Russian delegation.
“I know there will be a lot of explanations that we haven’t heard yet. The countries that refused to allow the Russian plane to fly over will say that they were ordered to do so to join the EU and NATO. On the other hand, , will say that these countries have taken independent decisions. You clearly see how much NATO membership costs Montenegro and North Macedonia and why NATO needs of these countries – to maintain anti-Russian policies and threats, to be their bases for such policies,” Lavrov said. added.
He then said that several ceremonies and meetings were to be held in Belgrade, one of which was to sign the book of condolences to the liberators of Belgrade, and that he intended to dedicate the message he delivered to all citizens of Serbia.
EU policy in the Balkans and in Ukraine is the same
“America can now say, and it works, that Belgrade is a threat to their security, so they bomb it, just like they said Iraq was a threat to them, so they bombed it, like they said it about Libya it’s like and Iraq thousands of miles away it’s a threat to their security, and our explanation is clear, repeated a long time ago, everything went crossed our border, this one with Ukraine, not very far, but all our warnings especially to NATO which approached the Russian border. All this was ignored, “said the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs foreign.
It is also true that the West is now applauding Ukraine, forgetting everything Russia warned about and sending weapons to it. “We had no choice and I already explained all this, now I’m just repeating it,” he added.
“But you know, the EU policy in the Balkans and the EU line in Ukraine are basically the same, only those who limit Serbia’s interests are supported in the Balkans, and those who have declared war to everything Russian are supported in Ukraine,” Lavrov said. out.
He then compared the behavior of the EU with regard to the agreements concluded where the EU was the mediator for Kosovo and the settlement on mines for Ukraine.
“Brussels solemnly promised to support a special status for northern Kosovo and Donbass, which would allow Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija to speak Serbian and Russians in Donbass to speak Russian, which are identical agreements on the rights of national minorities In both cases, the EU has failed shamefully,” he said.
Asked by the BBC to comment on the position that Britain would not have delivered rocket launchers to Ukraine if Russia had not attacked Ukraine, Lavrov told the press conference that it was not “something that wouldn’t have happened if it hadn’t been for something else”.
“It’s about the fact that we have been warning for 20 years since you signed in 1990 that no one will increase their security at the expense of others. Why can’t you respect what your representatives and all members of the OSCE have sign ?” asked Lavrov.
He said the West approached Russia’s borders five times and asked when they built the line of defense after the Warsaw Pact disappeared.
He pointed out that the Americans are now establishing the next line of defense in the South China Sea.
“You are committing anarchy far from your borders. I understand that London is nostalgic for the British Empire, which is far behind,” Lavrov quipped. He accused the West of destroying countries like Iraq, Syria and others.
“If English were to be abolished in neighboring Ireland, or French in Belgium, how would Europe see it? I won’t even develop that idea. And Europe looked calmly at the language ban Russian in Ukraine,” he said.
Lavrov pointed out that Russians in Ukraine had been bombarded for eight years by the regime that glorified Nazism.