Interviewed by RT last Thursday, Lavrov’s remarks reflected his longstanding straight talk — in stark contrast to duplicitous, double-talking US/Western officials.
On US/Western sanctions, their goal “is much more strategic” than in response to Russia’s campaign in Ukraine, Lavrov stressed.
They reflect longstanding US policy to marginalize, isolate, weaken and undermine Russia — to transform the country into a US vassal state, balkanizing it for easier subjugation and exploitation.
Where hegemon USA goes, European vassal states follow — even at the expense of their own interests.
The Biden regime is also trying to reverse history by “com(ing) back to a unipolar world,” Lavrov explained – a harebrained scheme that’s doomed to fail.
Yet unprecedented sanctions will continue, he said, new ones added to remain in place longterm.
Ignored by the US/West is their positive side.
The harder their regimes try to harm Russia politically, economically and financially, the more self-sufficient the nation becomes.
Whenever imposed, sanctions fail to achieve strategic aims. Over time, they’re like shooting blanks.
Lavrov explained events proceeding Crimea’s sought independence from Ukraine, saying:
Kiev “sent armed groups to take control of the Crimean parliament, and that’s how it all started.”
‘Not to mention (that) immediately on the first day of (US) coup d’etat, putschists introduced an initiative to do away with the status of the Russian language in Ukraine, which was in the Ukrainian Constitution.”
“So all these instincts were immediately translated into very Russophobic policies.”
De-Russification is official Kiev policy — in cahoots with the US-dominated West.
It’s played out by denying Russian-speaking Ukrainians the right to “their own language, history and identity in (the country) and so many similar things,” Lavrov explained.
Dominant neo-Nazis want all things “Russian wiped out in Crimea.”
As directed by his higher power in Washington, puppet Zelensky remarked to the effect that Ukrainians who want to be Russian and want to be friendly with Russia, should go there.
They’re unwanted in their native country.
In response to US/Western sanctions war, Lavrov said Russia henceforth will become more self-reliant, more independent from Western influence.
On information about US development of bioweapons in Ukraine, Lavrov explained the following:
Documents discovered by Russia’s military indicated US plans for a “massive (bioweapons) attack” on Donbass.
It had to be prevented.
Similar US biolabs operate worldwide, many near the borders of Russia and China.
“The special Defense Threat Reduction Agency of the Pentagon is in charge of this biological activity.”
It’s “developing very dangerous pathogens, including plague, brucellosis, anthrax and many others, which are really very dangerous.”
“We have been raising this issue in international organizations for…than 20 years” in vain.
No mechanism exists to open nations to independent investigation — requiring them to provide information and guarantee transparency of their biological activity in all forms.
Hegemon USA decided long ago that development of deadly pathogens was too risky to go on domestically.
So the worst of what’s going on was shifted abroad to countries like Ukraine.
On the issue of establishing a no-fly zone over Ukrainian airspace by US-dominated NATO, Lavrov explained what’s obvious.
Taking this step would risk East/West confrontation.
It would risk possible global war between the world’s dominant nuclear powers.
It would jeopardize humanity’s survival by making planet earth unlivable if enough thermonukes were detonated.
Lavrov stressed that Russian forces will target for elimination any cargo entering Ukraine by land, sea or air that’s believed to be weapons or otherwise military related.
“This is clear because we are implementing the operation the goal of which is to remove any threat to the Russian Federation coming from Ukrainian soil,” he stressed, adding:
“This was part of our proposal in December last year when we suggested that we negotiate with NATO security guarantees – the way which would be codifying the old agreement reached at the highest level that no one, no country should increase its security at the expense of the security of others.”
“So (US-dominated NATO) know(s) what it is all about.”
Lavrov stressed that the purpose of its special military operation is to eliminate the real threat posed by US-dominated Ukraine against Donbass and Russia’s security.
Along with demilitarization,”(d)enazification is an absolute must.”
It “includes not only canceling laws encouraging Nazi ideology and practices, but it also includes withdrawing any legislation which discriminates the Russian language and other national minority languages and, in general, national minority rights in Ukraine which have been hugely discriminated and offended.”
On information war, Lavrov noted that it’s dominated by US/Western MSM with rubbish like the following:
“Russia is an aggressor (sic).”
“Russia is murdering civilians (sic).”
“Russia is abusing sports (sic),” and more of the same in virtually every imaginable way to brainwash Western populations.
At the same time, double standard hypocrisy is official US/Western policy.
Real news, information and analysis by Russian media are considered state-approved propaganda.
Around two years ago in London, a so-called conference on media freedom was held, Lavrov explained, adding:
“(N)o Russian media were invited.”
“So we know the manners and the tricks which are being used by the Western countries to manipulate media.”
“We understood long ago that there was no such thing as an independent Western media.”
Alternative sources in the West alone are reliable — many, unfortunately not all.
The dominant 4th estate in Western states stick exclusively to the fabricated official narrative on major domestic and geopolitical issues.
Censorship of what conflicts with it has been longstanding practice.
On what Russian/Ukrainian relations may be like when conflict ends, Lavrov stressed:
Russia “never had issues with the Ukrainian people.”
He has many Ukrainian friends.
They either speak or understand the Russian language.
Russia and Ukraine share a common “culture, common history, way of life, attitude to life, traditions of families and communities.”
Lavrov hopes when what’s going on ends, things gradually will normalize, stressing:
“It will have to be gradual.”
“It cannot come back fast because (US/Western regimes made Ukraine) a Russophobic and anti-Russian instrument.”
The venom is deeply rooted in Ukrainian mentality, “especially the young generation which was born after the demise of the Soviet Union.”
“They have been indoctrinated in a very, very heavy way.”
“The purpose was always to make sure that Russia does not have Ukraine as a friend.”
Lavrov also cited what former US official Zbigniew Brzezinski once noted.
Russia with Ukraine is a superpower.
Without Ukraine, it’s a regional player.
“This concept is very deeply rooted in the minds of American policymakers, and it will take time to get rid of these negative legacies,” said Lavrov, adding:
“(A)t the end of the day, the historic closeness of two fraternal nations will certainly prevail.”
At age-72 this month, perhaps not in Lavrov’s lifetime.
Clearly not in mine well into my 9th decade.
A Final Comment
On Saturday, Lavrov said the following:
Russia is “open to cooperation with any countries, including Western ones.”
In the US and key partnered countries, it’s clearly off the table.
It’s been this way throughout the post-WW II period.
Lavrov admitted what’s indisputable.
“(T)he West’s behvior…show(s) that it is an unreliable partner.”
So-called “democracy” in their countries exists in fantasy form alone, the real thing prohibited.
Lavrov also said that many European officials disagreed to sanctions war on Russia, realizing it’s a road to nowhere.
Yet their ruling authorities lacked backbone enough to defy hegemon USA by going their own way, independent of a higher power in Washington.