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Lavrov: "Russia's policy is perceived in the world with respect"

Russia's policy is perceived in the world with respect, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is convinced. "The policy that the President has defined and is pursuing, and which, on his instructions, we are conducting, despite some episodes like Libyan, brings results," he said Day of diplomatic worker in an interview with the TV channel "Russia".

“My answer to those who say why we don’t fight for our positions is this: we won’t fight for our positions by sending an expeditionary force to the region and creating ourselves“ Afghanis ”. Never and for no reason. We will maintain relations with all countries of the region, working with legitimate authorities ", - said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in an interview, the text of which leads the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

"We will work with the opposition and encourage all of its groups to ensure that the dissatisfaction here and there, there, for example, the long term of one-family rule or the lack of civil liberties, as happens in many countries of the region (there are monarchies), served as an incentive for evolutionary transformations ", - he stressed.

Speaking about the situation in the Middle East and North Africa, Lavrov said that Russia does not plan to send its contingent to these regions.

Speaking of Mali, Lavrov noted that "the French are now quite easily, practically" parade march "pass through Mali and occupy the positions already left by the terrorists. Soon they will release the entire territory of this state. The question is, where did those guys go? which no one could cope with? They, for sure, will “resolve” the neighboring countries, and there they will have to make expeditionary decisions. ”

“I’m depressed by the inability of our partners to tear their heads from one point on the map and look at the entire region. We offer them such a dialogue,” the Russian minister said.

At the same time, he noted that Russia supported the mission of the French in Mali, since "it is legitimate."

"The current leadership of this African state directly appealed to France with a request to ensure the restoration of the territorial integrity of the country," the minister said.

He also stated that "in Mali, France is fighting against those whom she has armed in Ghadafia against Gaddafi in violation of the embargo imposed by the UN Security Council."

The Russian minister also noted that the current "Libyan authorities are sending us direct signals that they are interested in restoring work on projects that have begun to be carried out under Muammar Kadaffi."

Speaking about Syria, Lavrov recalled that in Munich he met on the margins of the Security Conference with the head of the National Coalition of Syrian Oppositional Forces, Ahmed Al-Khatib.

“We contacted other representatives of the opposition, including the Syrian National Council, which is considered an implacable opponent of Bashar al-Assad and the regime in general. There was not a single opposition figure who would not say that he does not think about the future of his country, this region without active involvement of Russia. These countries, at least, these politicians, are more comfortable to have multi-vector ties, not one point of support - it is always not very stable - but several, thus ensuring a balance, "he noted.

"The same thing happens with Egypt," he said.

The minister continued: “Take the example of Iraq. In 2003, we were categorically against what the Americans were doing there at the head of the coalition. Now the Prime Minister of Iraq comes to us, the president of this state talks to us. They want to develop economic cooperation, create conditions for work in the country of our oil, energy and other companies. Baghdad is interested in buying Russian military products. And this is Iraq, which is now headed by a government that has come to power, by and large, in America anski bayonets! "

"The United States should be taught to equality and mutual respect"

The US needs to be accustomed to doing business on the basis of equality and respect for mutual interests, Lavrov said.

"The USA will not change overnight. They should be taught that things can be conducted only on the basis of equality, a balance of interests and mutual respect," he said.

I cannot give any vivid examples of "schooling." But Barack Obama said that they could not do anything alone. In fact, his words were packed into beautiful phrases, but the point was that they could not do anything alone and will not be able to ", - he said.

According to Lavrov, "they get used to changing their imperial status for a long time and gradually."

At the same time, the minister drew attention to the difference that exists between the approaches of the former administration of George W. Bush and the administration of Barack Obama.

“Under the administration of Barack Obama, the newly elected vice president, Biden, at the beginning of 2009, put forward the term“ reset ”, which we perceived as an understanding by the new democratic team in the White House of the counterproductiveness of how the previous administration of George W. Bush viewed cooperation with Russia. Further practical Washington's steps confirmed that we have the right feelings, "he said.

"We stopped seeing arrogant actions that directly contradicted Russian legitimate interests in our immediate environment and in other parts of the world. This does not mean that the new American administration refuses to promote its interests (as she sees them) in Central Asia, Transcaucasia and, in principle, around the Russian Federation. This does not mean that the new US administration (although it is no longer new, but the “new old”) abandons its plans for missile defense, but the tone and style of negotiation and dialogue are essentially from they changed with the arrival of Barack Obama. This is always a plus. In addition to the tonality, the practical impact of these conversations has changed at all levels, "said the head of Russian diplomacy.

"They (the USA) are already physically unable to solve any problems, although they remain the largest and most powerful military, economic and financial power. Not without reason, Obama, speaking at the end of January of this year with a message to Congress, said that the United States will seek to solve any problems are necessarily in cooperation with international partners, "said Lavrov.

"The United States could not and cannot alone do anything in Afghanistan"

“It’s true that in the coalition they have little that they can do: the terrorist danger has not gone away, and the drug threat has increased significantly, if not by an order of magnitude,” the minister stressed.

"They cannot solve the problems associated with the spread of terrorism, WMD, drug trafficking, organized crime," he added.

Speaking about the problem of drug trafficking from Afghanistan, Lavrov said: “I saw evidence that Americans secretly participate in these processes illegally from their command. We not only take such things, but also study and develop them. In situations where information about the involvement of anyone else to drug trafficking is confirmed, we solve such issues directly and honestly, without trying to “sweep up” them under the carpet.

Lavrov is looking forward to meeting with the new US Secretary of State

Sergei Lavrov announces an agreement to meet with new US Secretary of State John Kerry over the coming weeks.

“I know that in the near future he is going to visit the Middle East region as his priority, and this is understandable. We agreed that we will meet in the very next weeks.

According to the minister, he does not expect radical changes in US foreign policy.

"The course remains the same, its main focus does not depend on personalities. Personalities give one or another context. But the course to ensure that the United States remains the dominant power in the world is unchanged," said the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

At the same time, as Lavrov noted, it is becoming more and more difficult for Washington to pursue such a course, as the Americans are increasingly confronted with situations when they have to look for coalition partners.

“Coalitions of interests. These can be one-time coalitions, like, say, in Afghanistan and Iraq. These can be coalitions that are formed on the basis of existing structures, such as the G8, which is cluttered with various dialogue mechanisms with Africa and other countries. maybe something else, "said Lavrov.

Russia has the right to demand information on adopted children from the United States on the basis of the Consular Convention in force since the last century.

International adoption in Russia does not come from a good life, it is necessary to restore order in this area, the head Sergey Lavrov is convinced.

"I, as a citizen and as a minister, entirely for the fact that, first of all, we understand what is happening in our home. International adoption is not from a good life," he said.

“I did not oppose the law of Dima Yakovlev.” I argued in favor of the agreement on cooperation in the field of international adoption, which we concluded with the Americans after two years of difficult negotiations, continued to operate, ”the minister said.

According to him, "The United States is the only country from where absolutely outrageous reports are received about how many families treat our children."

“I deliberately said“ many. ”Yes, sometimes the figure of 60 is given to thousands of adopted children, among which there are only 19 cases of children's deaths. But, firstly, every life is valuable, especially a child’s life. Secondly, 19 is only those who died, "- said the Minister.

At the same time, he did not agree with the playful replica of the presenter that the Americans are “fiends”.

“Not the foul state of hell.” I cannot give such emotional characteristics, and I can only be guided by statistics. In the US, there are many problems with family violence regardless of whether it’s an adopted child, adopted from Russia or from another country, ” Lavrov.

According to him, "it is not by chance that a whole number of states that have relations with the Americans in this area are experiencing serious problems."

He also drew attention to the fact that, when adopted in the United States, Russian children immediately received an American name and surname, which made it difficult to track their fates. At the same time, children formally remained citizens of the Russian Federation, although the Americans recognized only their American citizenship, the minister specified.

"We have changed the state of affairs thanks to the agreement I already mentioned," Lavrov said.

According to him, “one can understand the desire of the authors of the law (on banning Americans from adopting Russian children) to“ freeze ”new adoptions for American parents, because the said Agreement entered into force, but the US Department of State and other American authorities were not interested in its implementation” .

"But we signed the Agreement for this purpose, and it states that the laws of the States are in place, but the federal government takes the responsibility to seek access to children adopted in one state or another, to seek compliance by the states," Lavrov said.

"The agreement could be useful in order for us to have the moral and legal right to demand information from the American authorities," the minister noted. According to him, "it is important to have a legal basis in order to constantly raise these issues."

"We have retained such a base in the form of the Consular Convention, signed between our countries in the last century, but still in force today," Lavrov concluded.

Russian diplomats are following the "Polonsky case" and asking the Cambodian side to make a court decision faster

"In any case, we are obliged to defend the rights of every Russian citizen and monitor how the process is developing. We ask the Cambodian authorities not to delay it artificially, but, unfortunately, as they tell us (and we also see this), sometimes our citizens they themselves voluntarily or involuntarily delay the process, "said Lavrov.

According to the minister, the detained Russian citizens either refuse to hold regular meetings with those who are conducting the investigation, or behave quite defiantly towards the staff of this penitentiary institution.

“So we want to resolve this problem as soon as possible, but for this we still advise them to approach the conversation with the Cambodian side more constructively, too,” the minister stressed.

According to Lavrov, after Polonsky published an appeal to the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry on the Internet, the staff of the Russian embassy met with a businessman.

"It was said that everything is fine. He chose to rely on some of his local business partner and his lawyers. We watched the Cambodian government investigating or investigating this issue," Lavrov said.

According to the minister, the Russians were examined in prison by a doctor.

“From the“ letter of S. Polonsky, ”posted on the Internet, we understood only one thing - that he needed a doctor. The doctor, who had already been there a couple of times by that time, went again sometime in late January and examined S. Polonsky and two of his comrades. Their state of health does not inspire fear. That's, in fact, that's all, "said Lavrov.

Russian diplomats promptly reacted to the death of Dolmatov in the Netherlands

Lavrov denied the sluggishness that is periodically heard against Russian diplomats, including in connection with the death in the Netherlands of the opposition leader Alexander Dolmatov.

“What is the sluggishness here, I honestly do not understand,” he said.

The minister recalled that Dolmatov died January 17.

"In the evening, we were informed about this from the Extradition and Repatriation Department. And the next day, on the morning of January 18, notes were sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Justice of Holland, demanding an urgent investigation and reporting what happened to our citizen." said the minister.

After that, he said, "we repeatedly reminded about this both at the Foreign Ministry and at the Ministry of Justice, including the need to complete the formalities as soon as possible so that we could send the body back to the Motherland."

"The body was transferred from the administration of extradition and repatriation and after that, roughly January 29, sent to the funeral home, which was chosen by the Dutch authorities," - said Lavrov.

He said that on the same day the Russian ambassador in The Hague asked the Minister of Justice to send the necessary documents to send the body to Russia.

"Documents from the Dutch side came in the morning of January 31. They were translated to 18: 00 of the same day. This is quite a serious work - approximately 10 pages of a narrow legal text. Our consular officers did it in a few hours, though the funeral home, which otherwise would be engaged in this transfer, requested a week for this job, "the minister stressed.

He reported that on January 31 the documents were translated in the evening, and on February 2 the body was sent home in the evening.

Responding to questions from the presenter, Lavrov stressed that the Russian embassies abroad are assisting any citizens of the Russian Federation, regardless of their political preferences. “You mentioned the term 'oppositionist'. Alexander Dolmatov is a citizen of Russia. It doesn’t matter what his political views were. For us it’s important that a citizen of Russia died,” Lavrov said.

Russian Foreign Ministry would like to increase the consular staff in countries where there are many Russian tourists

Russia seeks to increase the consular presence in countries with a high tourist flow of Russian citizens, where often there is a need for consular assistance to Russians in difficult situations, said Sergey Lavrov.

"This is Egypt, Turkey, Thailand, there have been cases in the Dominican Republic. By the way, in all these points we are sharply increasing, or rather, we want to dramatically increase the consular presence - but there are financial problems. For example, in Antalya - while Turkey is visited annually approximately 3 million of our tourists, and we have only three consular workers there, "said Lavrov.

According to him, according to statistics, every five-thousand tourist is asking for help or is in a difficult situation.

Used materials of Russian news agencies.

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  1. ziqzaq
    ziqzaq 11 February 2013 13: 03
    It’s not necessary to accustom America, but to poke its face in its own ficia and do it as hard as possible.
    Polonsky is a poet, ...
    1. survivor
      survivor 11 February 2013 13: 32
      but better not face .....
    2. old rocket man
      old rocket man 11 February 2013 13: 35
      Duc Lavrov had precisely this in mind; he was simply forced to use diplomatic terminology.
      We do not consider it possible to accept your offers - it is translated how you went to ... laughing
      1. older
        older 11 February 2013 18: 30
        Quote: Old Rocketman
        We do not consider it possible to accept your offers - it is translated how you went to the - th
        Igor, a diplomat from you, like a missile from me laughing But the translator is cool ...
    3. older
      older 11 February 2013 18: 28
      Quote: ziqzaq
      It’s not necessary to accustom America, but to poke its face in its own ficia and do it as hard as possible.
      America, and so now, is in a great trance from the impudence and the strength of Russia. Yesterday I listened to Lavrov on TV .. which little clever ...
  2. Petrovich-2
    Petrovich-2 11 February 2013 13: 29
    In my opinion, Lavrov is saying everything right. Diplomatically, but you can read the position behind this diplomacy.
    Not ashamed of such a policy, and for the man himself, too.
    1. Botanologist
      Botanologist 11 February 2013 14: 05
      Lavrov is a hardened man. Remember how he diplomatically raped the English minister "who are you, your mother, to read morality to me?" And after all, in essence.
      If only we had such ministers!
  3. Said
    Said 11 February 2013 13: 38
    Lavrov, generally well done, an intelligent man, we have not yet seen the best diplomat.
  4. vladsolo56
    vladsolo56 11 February 2013 13: 38
    In what world is Russia treated with respect? maybe in Europe? or in the USA, maybe Japan, I don’t even think about anything where this respect is shown, even if Qatar openly spits on Russia. Lavrov probably had such a dream, so he decided to share
    1. Nick
      Nick 11 February 2013 19: 41
      Quote: vladsolo56
      Qatar openly spits on Russia.

      It was trying to spit. I tried to present something to the UN to our representative Churkin, so ours answered Qatari so much that he bit his tongue and didn’t fart anymore.
      1. vladsolo56
        vladsolo56 12 February 2013 05: 45
        you know that for sure, and the fact that he officially later denied his words, you don’t remember, I don’t understand at all why there are so many laurels around Lavrov. Name at least one thing in which he showed himself normally as a patriot. It seems that the blind have gathered to discuss this article. Everyone forgot how our Foreign Ministry handed over the citizens of Russia in Libya to the open, everyone forgot the inaction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs when they beat the ambassador in Qatar, Everyone forgot when they tried and convicted our pilots in Tajikistan. And this is just what immediately comes to mind, and how many cases when information does not leak into the press and into the network. But the thief and arms dealer Buta, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was very actively trying to pull out of America and is still taking all possible steps for this, so blind people are those who praise Lavrov, this is at best.
        and the article is a huge minus
  5. taseka
    taseka 11 February 2013 13: 59
    "Russian diplomats are following the Polonsky case" - And for me this Polonsky is so - a hamlo and a drunken bastard - who disgraced Russia by his actions! Let it rot among local spiders and re-educate its attitude towards ordinary people !!!
    1. Botanologist
      Botanologist 11 February 2013 14: 05
      so this Polonsky is a hamlo and a drunk bastard

      and so they follow so as not to run away!
    2. Shoma-1970
      Shoma-1970 11 February 2013 15: 12
      to deprive citizenship, as a traitor, pid-sa!
  6. botur
    botur 11 February 2013 14: 11
    The US needs to be accustomed to doing business on the basis of equality and respect for mutual interests, Lavrov said
    [/ right] [right]
    [right] [/ righ [They need such a good savory podzh @ pnik, then the brain will immediately turn on and work in the right direction.
  7. Romch
    Romch 11 February 2013 14: 28
    Russia's policy is perceived in the world with respect, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is convinced. "The policy that the president has defined and is pursuing

    With what respect? They don’t want to reckon with us, they just pretend to say “don’t climb into Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya”, they nod at us, smile and do their own thing, when we said and no one climbs, then I agree that we are respected. For us, our former republics, they roll out claims without fear and embarrassment. Therefore, what to star is about respect.
    SPIRITofFREEDOM 11 February 2013 14: 42
    Lavrov finally man NORM drinks
    Always speaks tough and on business
    We need more such diplomats to defend our interests in all corners of the planet and we should not be ashamed of them !!!!
  9. IRBIS
    IRBIS 11 February 2013 15: 36
    In general, I respect Lavrov as the head of the Foreign Ministry. Only now I would like to see the return of Polonsky only as the extradition of the criminal to his homeland. There is only one "but", "cases" in Russia have not been opened against him. Maybe it’s better then they have sitting there? We will most likely not return the money stolen by him. And what the hell is he to us then? Judging by the summons of doctors to him, now you can't even take normal tests from him ...
  10. 755962
    755962 11 February 2013 15: 48
    Lavrov admitted the mistakes of Libya, scolded America, which "itself can not do anything," and France, which "sowed the wind"
    Here Lavrov did not bypass the United States either, in a veiled form reproaching them for hypocrisy: “Our Western colleagues and some colleagues from the countries of the region are still saying beautiful phrases that Bashar Assad is a“ butcher, ”a criminal ... We know that the analysis that they spend for themselves, - honest, and it absolutely coincides with our position, which we openly state. But to admit it means to acknowledge our own wrongness and in the absence of some common, comprehensive view of the region ... I am depressed by the inability of our partners to take their heads off one point on the map and look at the whole region. "
  11. sergo0000
    sergo0000 11 February 2013 15: 56
    "The course remains the same, its main focus does not depend on personalities. Personalities give one or another context. But the course to ensure that the United States remains the dominant power in the world is unchanged," said the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

    This is in vain, of course! Rambo is not the same! wink Strength must be calculated according to your capabilities! And then inadvertently and the navel will get loose !!!

    "The course remains the same"
  12. Archidemon
    Archidemon 11 February 2013 16: 24
    As long as Lavrov’s tone matches the situation, time will pass and the tone of the head of the Foreign Ministry will be tougher. By and large, it is already becoming tougher year by year.
  13. albert
    albert 11 February 2013 18: 54
    Poor Polonsky .... If he threw such a fortress in Russia with this yacht and sailors he would have smeared someone he needed and would be free. But in Cambodia, to his surprise, the laws are followed .., Sit the bastard a little longer, maybe you will become smarter and learn to respect people! am
    1. imperiologist
      imperiologist 12 February 2013 01: 19
      on ours, he would have told us sailors would be more formatted not only that these goners smile
  14. Samaritan
    Samaritan 11 February 2013 22: 03
    So few people for whom HOMELAND means a lot, and Lavrov is one of them!
    About America, of course, it’s strong and right!
    I was in Cambodia - a country in which corruption is legalized in the "constitution" for those who are ignorant there are big problems, and the complete cue decided to solve the issue according to concepts, but only money decides everything!
    1. vladsolo56
      vladsolo56 12 February 2013 07: 37
      the horror is simply Lavrov’s for his homeland, but why are children from the hillocks studying for this patriot, and I think they won’t want to return to Russia? How insanity grows stronger