Lavrov asked: What is the value of western rhetoric?

2022-06-24 0 By

NATO cannot be considered a defensive alliance in light of what it has done, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with Channel 1’s Sunday Time program.”NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg responded proudly in Brussels that NATO is a defense alliance,” Lavrov said.I find it hard to agree.Let’s not forget that it violated UN Security Council resolutions, bombed Yugoslavia for nearly three months, invaded Libya, and what it did in Afghanistan.”The Russian foreign minister was quoted as saying that NATO was no longer defensive after the end of the Cold War.”During the Cold War, when the Berlin Wall was still in place, it was clear which territory to defend,” he said.Now that the walls are gone and we have proclaimed in the FRAMEWORK of the OSCE an enduring friendship, indivisible security and solidarity, we should not strengthen our own security at the expense of others.”Mr Lavrov said Russia had realised through its own mistake that western rhetoric was worth a pound and would still demand legal guarantees.The Russian foreign minister said Russia is facing serious problems because of the West’s indifferent and immoral attitude toward Russia’s interests.”As the saying goes, a fall into a pit, a gain in your wit.Now we know the value of western rhetoric.We are asking not only for commitments and political obligations’ written on paper ‘but also legal guarantees to ensure the security of the entire Continent while taking full and equal account of Russia’s legitimate interests.”Mr Lavrov noted that russia-US relations were almost frictionless in the early 1990s, when the West was convinced that Russia would follow a course in its interests.In the early part of this century, however, Russia regained its historical and national consciousness.”The West is starting to take notice and accuse Russia of moving away from ‘democratic principles’,” Mr Lavrov said.”President Putin’s speech at the Munich Security Conference in 2007 was a watershed.There has been a series of articles in American publications by leading authors drawing attention to Russia’s statements in 2007, that there is too much resentment on the Russian side and that Moscow is increasingly frustrated by the West’s attitude to Russian interests.”