Lavrov in UN speech: Russia had no other choice


As a result of Western countries’ ‘inability’ to negotiate and the Ukrainian government’s ‘war against its own people’ in the east, Russia had ‘no other choice’ but to launch a special military operation in Ukraine.

That’s what it sounded like from the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, when he spoke at the UN General Assembly in New York City on Saturday.

“I am convinced that any self-respecting sovereign state would do the same in our place. You have a responsibility towards your own people,’ he said from the podium.

This appears from an article on the UN website.

In Russia, it is not allowed to refer to the country’s invasion of Ukraine as war, which is why the government uses the term ‘special military operation’.

From the podium, Sergey Lavrov accused the West of being ‘hysterical’ about this weekend’s referendums.

On Friday, a five-day vote began in the regions of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhya in Ukraine.

Here the inhabitants must vote on whether the four areas should be incorporated into Russia.

Contrary to the West, the Russian foreign minister believes that it is the US and its allies – not Russia, as they claim – that ‘undermine confidence in international institutions’ and the system that the UN represents.

Lavrov believes that the US is trying to turn the whole world into its ‘backyard’ and that the country is punishing those who have a different world view.

Lavrov also believes that the sanctions against Russia are illegal and that they violate the UN Charter and harm poor residents of less well-off countries.

Moreover, according to the Russian foreign minister, Russophobia has reached unprecedented proportions.

Western powers no longer hide their ambition to defeat Russia militarily and try to ‘destroy and break Russia’, he said from the podium on Saturday.

“They want to remove a geopolitical entity that has become too independent from the global map,” he said.

In connection with the General Assembly, Sergej Lavrov met on Thursday with the other foreign ministers from the members of the UN Security Council.

The UN General Assembly ends on Tuesday.


Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.

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