"We can see no reason": Lavrov made a cynical statement about the war against Ukraine and the possibility of negotiations
At a press conference of the summit of OSCE foreign ministers, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made another round of cynical statements about Russia's invasion of Ukraine. He began to claim that Russia is allegedly at war with the West, while Ukraine refuses to negotiate with the aggressor.
The head of Russia's "diplomacy", in his usual boorish manner, said that instead of negotiating a "tango", Kyiv and the West "break-dance" and that Moscow "sees no reason to revise the goals of the special operation". Lavrov's statements, made in Skopje, North Macedonia, are being replicated by Russian journalists.
According to Lavrov, the aggressor state is willing to negotiate, but the unwillingness of Kyiv and Ukraine's Western partners to stop Russian aggression against Ukraine allegedly stands in the way.
"It takes two to start a political process. It's like a tango. But the guys on the other side are not dancing tango, but breakdancing. You have to solo there," the Russian Foreign Minister said.
He recalled a recent statement by the head of the Servant of the People party faction in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, David Arakhamia, who said that in March 2022, during the Russian-Ukrainian talks in Istanbul, "peace agreements" were allegedly almost reached. At the same time, Lavrov expectedly blamed the then British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for the failure to conclude these agreements. The fact that the world then saw the atrocities committed by the Russian military in the Kyiv region, according to Lavrov, had nothing to do with Ukraine's unwillingness to negotiate with war criminals.
Lavrov also complained that no one wants to capitulate to Russia, which is destroying Ukrainian cities, killing Ukrainians, occupying part of Ukraine and committing many war crimes against our country.
"So far, we have not seen any signals from either Kyiv or its hosts that they are ready to move to the political process. We don't see any. Moreover, a year and a half ago, Zelenskyi signed a special decree prohibiting negotiations with Putin's government, so this is a court case. He is not going to cancel it," Lavrov said.
He repeated the Kremlin's traditional mantra that Russia is allegedly at war not with Ukraine, but with the entire West. And that Western countries are "unreasonably" afraid that the aggressor's appetite will only increase if Ukraine is captured.
"And if you listen to what they are saying and what all the secretaries general of NATO and the European Union are saying, they are saying only one thing: that we must support Ukraine, because if Ukraine fails, it will be a defeat for the whole West. And lately, they have started to add that after Ukraine, Russia, Putin, will go to the Baltic States, Poland, and other neighboring countries. This was not said by some fringe politician. This was said by the head of the Pentagon, Mr. Austin. He said that Russia will not stop at Ukraine, so we have no right to lose in Ukraine. Whether they lose or win, they don't hide it. They are waging a war," the Russian Foreign Minister skillfully blamed the sick head on the healthy one.
Lavrov also spoke about the "goals of the SMO". They have apparently changed again. This time, according to the Russian Foreign Minister, the aggressor state intends to "force" Ukraine to comply with its own constitution. According to the Kremlin's interpretation, it obliges Ukraine, for example, to abandon teaching in public schools in Ukrainian in favor of Russian. Lavrov's speech was also not without the old tales of "oppression of ethnic Russians" in Ukraine.
Lavrov assures us that Moscow does not intend to "revise" these constantly changing "goals."
"I proceed from the fact that the leadership of our special military operation knows what goals it is achieving. This operation is controlled on a regular basis by the Supreme Commander-in-Chief, and we see no reason why our goals should be revised. At least for the sake of returning these people to the implementation of their own constitution," the head of Russian "diplomacy" said.
As a reminder, Russia has recently made a new statement about negotiations with Ukraine and the goals of the "SVO". While Lavrov says that Ukraine and the West do not want to negotiate, and that Russia, like a professional "tango dancer," is waiting for the consent of its "partners," his subordinate, Deputy Foreign Minister Serhii Riabkov, says the exact opposite.
According to Riabkov, Moscow is not ready to negotiate with Ukraine because it does not accept Ukrainian peace proposals. Moreover, the Kremlin understands the word "negotiations" in a very specific way - as the unconditional fulfillment by Ukraine and the West of all ultimatums put forward by Russia.