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Sergey Lavrov: In foreign policy, you need to express your interests directly

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Sergey Lavrov: In foreign policy, you need to express your interests directly

In an interview with Foreign Policy Magazine, Foreign Minister told about contemporary international relations and the role Russia plays on the world stage.


The question of relations between Russia and the United States was the first to which the Foreign Minister answered in an interview. The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry noted that there are “many positive elements” in relations with the American partner. Sergey Lavrov mentioned agreements that exist between the states on nuclear disarmament, the safe use of nuclear energy, visa regulation and cultural cooperation. However, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry also noted the negative aspects of bilateral cooperation. “Of course, relations between such large countries cannot be cloudless,” said Sergey Lavrov in an interview. One of the important problems is missile defense. According to the Russian minister, it is necessary to develop a joint system of protection that would protect the entire Euro-Atlantic region.

The negative “Magnitsky list” had a negative impact on the relations of the two states. As a result, some Russian citizens whose names appear on the list, according to the American government, violate human rights and will not be able to enter the United States. Sergei Lavrov believes that this list was adopted to replace the Jackson-Vanik amendment, which ceased to be effective after Russia joined the WTO. “We have responded. Our parliament passed the law of Dima Yakovlev. This is not our choice, such is the law of politics, ”the Foreign Minister said.

Sergey Lavrov noted that, despite the current situation, relations between the countries will develop, because the states have many common interests. He said that they had already discussed with US Secretary of State John Kerry the possibility of combining efforts on the problems of the Iranian nuclear program, the situation on the Korean Peninsula and all the consequences of the Arab spring.

When asked why Russia continues to sell weapon supporters of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, Sergei Lavrov said that Russian weapons go to Syria under contracts that were signed long before the outbreak of the civil war. According to the foreign minister, Russia's position on the Syrian issue remains unchanged. “For us, the goal of 1 is to stop the bloodshed and save lives, therefore a cease-fire and the beginning of a dialogue without preliminary conditions is the best way to achieve this goal,” the minister believes. Sergey Lavrov noted that there is some success in this direction. Both sides of the Syrian conflict agree that peace negotiations are necessary. However, there is still no general agreement in the government opposition, and although the leaders understand that dialogue needs to be established within the movement, there are many opponents of this idea.

Russia and China vetoed a resolution on Syria last year, which has led many to question the UN’s role in resolving armed conflicts. According to Sergey Lavrov, an international organization is a member state. And it is not by chance that the states that make decisions now have entered the Security Council. “Many problems solved are now taken for granted. However, these decisions were made at the UN and its specialized agencies. ”

According to the foreign minister, the West is confident that Russia and China are complicating international relations. However, Sergei Lavrov said that the basis of Russian-Chinese cooperation is democracy and the rule of law.
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  1. Kaa
    Kaa 2 May 2013 16: 05 New
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    Russia and China vetoed a resolution on Syria last year, which is why many began to question the role of the UN in resolving armed conflicts. According to Sergei Lavrov, an international organization is a member state.
    Let them rejoice that while they vetoed the resolution, we will soon impose IT on some countries with unreasonable humanoids. And as for the member states, this is finally a pearl, and the main thing is that they are directly called MEMBERS. good
    1. GreatRussia
      GreatRussia 2 May 2013 17: 30 New
      +3

      Russia and China vetoed a resolution on Syria last year, which is why many began to question the role of the UN in resolving armed conflicts.


      What is there to doubt? She shouts for herself who is trying to dance the young lady there:


      "Under pressure from some states, the UN Secretariat takes a non-constructive and inconsistent position and essentially disrupts the investigation of specific and yet verifiable information about the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria on March 19, "the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

      MOSCOW, April 6 - RIA News. Moscow believes that under pressure from a number of countries, the UN Secretariat essentially disrupts the investigation of information on the use of chemical weapons in Syria in March this year, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

      25 people became victims of the use of chemical weapons in the suburbs of Aleppo, another 110 were seriously injured. Representatives of the opposition accused Damascus of using chemical weapons. Authorities said opposition was behind the incident. At the request of the Syrian authorities, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced the start of an investigation into the incident.

      As previously stated in the Russian Foreign Ministry, when composing a letter to the UN Security Council, Ban Ki-moon, under the influence of a number of Western members of the Security Council, went on an unjustified expansion of the mandate of this mission, trying to define as its task an investigation into all other cases of the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria .

      "We cannot but conclude that under pressure from some states the UN Secretariat takes an unconstructive and inconsistent position and essentially disrupts the investigation of specific and yet verifiable information about the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria on March 19," the Foreign Ministry website said in a statement. .

      The Russian Foreign Ministry considers such actions unacceptable and unacceptable from all sides, and even more so - the leadership of the UN Secretariat, which, according to the charter of the world organization, "must act when considering crisis and other contentious situations from the standpoint of impartiality and objectivity."

      http://ria.ru/arab_sy/20130406/931297966.html
      1. GreatRussia
        GreatRussia 2 May 2013 21: 25 New
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        Quote: GreatRussia
        "Under pressure from some states, the UN Secretariat takes an unconstructive and inconsistent position and essentially disrupts the investigation of specific and yet verifiable information about the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria on March 19," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.


        Well, in the sequel:

        Budapest. May 2. INTERFAX - Russia insists on investigating a specific case of the possible use of chemical weapons near the Syrian city of Aleppo, and not on verifying information about all such facts, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

        "We insist on meeting a specific request from the Syrian government to investigate the incident," he said at a news conference following talks with his Hungarian counterpart Janusz Martoni.

        http://www.interfax.ru/world/news.asp?id=304910
    2. Babon
      Babon 2 May 2013 18: 12 New
      +4
      That’s all right, in 1999, NATO conducted an operation in Yugoslavia without the permission of the UN Security Council. So then there was no doubt, but now have appeared? Kind of weird.
      1. S_mirnov
        S_mirnov 3 May 2013 10: 37 New
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        “Sergey Lavrov: in foreign policy, you need to expressly declare your interests” - it’s strange to hear such decisive words from a person who has been “chewing snot” for so long about deploying a missile defense system near our borders, all of which require legal guarantees from NATO. I think that he is so harassed, because he knows China’s firm position on this issue, and where Chinese interests diverge from Russia’s are blown away right away.
        “Putin, kindly recalling Chavez, said that he wanted to be friends with everyone, but he never did it at the expense of the interests of his country. What prevents him from following the commanding officer he liked?

        Incidentally, Libya was handed over to Russia under him, although it was not measured Russian interests: military contracts, oil and gas concessions, the construction of the railway, and all for billions and billions of dollars. But was it necessary to refuse to supply Iran with the S-300 air defense system? They were intended primarily to protect the Bushehr nuclear power plant built by Russia. We did not stand up for the billions of dollars forfeit, they broke the most profitable contract! Thank God Syria seems to have decided so far not to quit. "
        full text
        http://svoim.info/201318/?18_1_1
  2. vot-te-raz
    vot-te-raz 2 May 2013 16: 08 New
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    The only minister to whose work there are no questions and complaints. A man is in his place.
    1. Gari
      Gari 2 May 2013 16: 39 New
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      Sergey Lavrov, when he was the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations (Russia was already taken, but not as serious as it is now), answered Kofi Anan, the UN chairman, to the remark about smoking (you can’t smoke in the UN building) something like “you there’s only a manager, remember this; and the question is closed. "
      1. Gari
        Gari 2 May 2013 16: 50 New
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        On September 12, 2008, an article was published in the British newspaper Daily Telegraph, according to which, in a conversation with his British counterpart D. Miliband, in connection with the settlement of the conflict in South Ossetia in August 2008, Lavrov used obscene language to the interlocutor, while Lavrov was credited with the words "Who are you to f ... lecture me?" (Who are you ... to teach me ?!).
        In a conversation with reporters on September 14, Lavrov voiced his version of the conversation: “In order to familiarize Miliband with a slightly different assessment, I had to tell him about the characterization of Saakashvili, which was given to him in a conversation with me by our colleague from one European country. This characteristic sounded like “fucking lunatic“ ”, and on September 15 in an interview with BBC Miliband explained“ This is not entirely true ... it’s not true that he called me “fucking“ and so on, it’s not true. ”

        As we see, when necessary, it can, quite diplomatically, send
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    2. avt
      avt 2 May 2013 17: 02 New
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      Quote: vot-te-raz
      The only minister to whose work there are no questions and complaints. A man is in his place.

      Yes, we must pay tribute - with his arrival, the statements of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are quite balanced and reasoned, as much as possible in their midst. And what is valuable - they are always supported by the concrete deeds of the country's leadership. And this gives the diplomats additional weight and they are not looked at like a dummy. An example is the position on Syria, very indicative in comparison with the times of Yeltsin in Yugoslavia.
  3. Prokop
    Prokop 2 May 2013 16: 14 New
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    Lavrov, one of the few people in the midst of senior management, which is in its place.
    1. Gari
      Gari 2 May 2013 16: 45 New
      +5
      Sergey Viktorovich Lavrov (March 21, 1950, Moscow) - Russian statesman, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (since 2004), permanent member of the Russian Security Council, member of the board of trustees of the Russian Council on Foreign Affairs (since 2011). He has the rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.
      Was born in Moscow.
      It is known about his father that he is a Tbilisi Armenian, according to some sources - by the name of Kalantarov. About mother it is known that she was an employee of the Ministry of Foreign Trade of the USSR. The website of the Russian Foreign Ministry indicates that Lavrov is Russian
      He studied at Noginsk School No. 2 named after V.G. Korolenko (Noginsk, Moscow Region) [source not specified 88 days]. With a silver medal, he graduated from Moscow school No. 607 with in-depth study of English.
      In 1972 he graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) of the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
      He speaks English, French and Sinhala.
      Lavrov holds the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs longer than anyone since A. A. Gromyko (February 1957 - July 1985).

      Since May 2012, Sergey Lavrov is the oldest member of the government by position, since he has been in office since March 2004.
  4. zart_arn
    zart_arn 2 May 2013 16: 15 New
    +5
    Russia and China complicate international relations.
    Nobody says that coexistence on a ball is simpler than a steamed turnip.
  5. dmitreach
    dmitreach 2 May 2013 16: 15 New
    +6
    Oh, and difficult work for him .... I think he sometimes wants to say what is at heart, but the statute does not allow it.
  6. Reasonable, 2,3
    Reasonable, 2,3 2 May 2013 16: 16 New
    +2
    And they, in their article there, will twist all his words
  7. Lech from ZATULINKI
    Lech from ZATULINKI 2 May 2013 16: 21 New
    +4
    According to the head of the foreign ministry, Russia's position on the Syrian issue remains unchanged. “For us, goal number 1 is to stop the bloodshed and save lives, so a ceasefire and the beginning of a dialogue without preconditions is the best way to achieve this goal,” Minister Sergey Lavrov believes.

    A kind word supported by the KOLT revolver is the basis for an equitable good dialogue.
  8. Bykov.
    Bykov. 2 May 2013 16: 24 New
    +4
    ... Sergey Lavrov: In foreign policy, you need to directly declare your interests ...

    Who would argue? Well, this was just not enough, unfortunately, not only to directly declare our interests, but also to firmly uphold them, all we need for this, so: why are they embarrassed?
  9. horoh
    horoh 2 May 2013 16: 29 New
    +4
    Lavrov, of course, well done, and there are no questions for the most part, but there’s only one thing, but why are we so weak in Syria that we protect our interests? Or is it all, do not protect? Protecting interests is not allowing a potential adversary into the sector of our interests, and NATO has already set their sights on the Caspian Sea, the base in Ulyanovsk is not at all a gate. As?
  10. Grbear
    Grbear 2 May 2013 16: 42 New
    +7
    Diplomacy is the art of shitting someone’s soul in such a way that they still have a slight aftertaste of wild berries (humor). It seems that Lavrov is doing well. But a strong diplomat is possible only in a strong country.
  11. Alekseir162
    Alekseir162 2 May 2013 16: 54 New
    +3
    Quote: horoh
    Or is it all, do not protect?

    Unfortunately, all the layouts are unknown to us (however, maybe this is for the better, you know less, sleep better). One thing I can say for sure, if the State Department grinds its teeth, then everything is normal with foreign policy. And Sergei Viktorovich "respect and respect."
    1. Nymp
      Nymp 2 May 2013 17: 16 New
      +3
      Quote: Alekseir162
      if the State Department is gritting its teeth, then everything is fine with foreign policy.

      This is my political compass, so to speak. If the Americans pour mud on someone, this is our man! I remembered the picture as Clinton, with a smile from ear to ear, clapped EBN on the shoulder. (Destroy the Russian drunk Russia, and we will support you for another term.)
  12. GreatRussia
    GreatRussia 2 May 2013 17: 33 New
    +7
    Quote: vot-te-raz
    The only minister to whose work there are no questions and complaints. A man is in his place.


    We can mention V. I. Churkina (Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations and the UN Security Council, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary).

    Especially remember:
  13. i12345
    i12345 2 May 2013 17: 43 New
    +2
    Our foreign policy is determined by the President. The Foreign Ministry (and Lavrov) implements it ... There are many questions with the definition - for example, a resolution on Libya ...
  14. Vtel
    Vtel 2 May 2013 17: 45 New
    +2
    [
    The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry noted that there are “many positive elements” in relations with the American partner.

    Oddly enough this will sound, but in a relationship with Yankees - more pleased with negative child support - live with wolves ...
  15. self-propelled
    self-propelled 2 May 2013 18: 07 New
    +2
    "... In foreign policy, you must directly declare your interests ..."
    it's time, gentlemen! and for this it is necessary to build up military power! for in our time, they do not take into account the weak, and do not listen to their opinion
  16. GreatRussia
    GreatRussia 2 May 2013 18: 13 New
    +1
    Quote: self-propelled
    "... In foreign policy, you must directly declare your interests ..."
    it's time, gentlemen! and for this it is necessary to build up military power! for in our time, they do not take into account the weak, and do not listen to their opinion

    Let me quote Dmitry Olegovich Rogozin:

    “Shaking the hand of her partners with a steel fist in a glove, Russia must demonstrate to the world its firm determination to uphold the world and its rightful place in it”

    http://vpk.name/news/86526_rogozin_protyanul_miru_stalnoi_kulak_v_laikovoi_perch
    atke.html
  17. rudolff
    rudolff 2 May 2013 18: 26 New
    +2
    Without a doubt, after Gromyko, Russia has the most powerful foreign minister in modern history. Shevarnadze, Kozyrev, Ivanov do not even want to remember. It was not clear what Foreign Ministry they worked at all! Especially the first two!
    PS When Putin, after his second term, conceived a famous castling, there was a hope that it would be Lavrov, and not this pioneer talker!
  18. Dimy4
    Dimy4 2 May 2013 18: 56 New
    +1
    The UN is increasingly turning into a desk for poor and poor countries that are not supposed to have their own opinions.
  19. KBPC50
    KBPC50 2 May 2013 18: 59 New
    +1
    Good answers to journalists engaged by certain forces opposing the peaceful settlement of the civil war in Syria. Russia has always been a peace-loving state because of its very, very ancient history, which began many thousands of years ago. Young states such as the USA and the people who inhabit this territory have not experienced the horror of wars in their home. And Russia and its peoples have been attacked more than once, therefore the peaceful policy of Russia, and only Russia, is the best way of cooperation and coexistence of peoples.
    1. Mihailo
      Mihailo 2 May 2013 20: 28 New
      0
      put plus just noticed good
  20. individual
    individual 2 May 2013 19: 02 New
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    Sergey Lavrov: In foreign policy, you need to express your interests directly


    But what was not explicitly declared about the interests of Russia when, with Dima-iPhone, *** whether the waters of the Barents Sea of ​​Norway were about.
    Conflict of interest of word and deed.
  21. smart ass
    smart ass 2 May 2013 19: 58 New
    +2
    Lavrov is a serious man in his place! + him
  22. Mihailo
    Mihailo 2 May 2013 20: 27 New
    +1
    Russia is just beginning (I really hope so) to "recover" after the 90s, everyone understands everything but there is not enough (so far) to present for much. If they had ceased to steal a long time ago, they inserted all the "caps" ....... GO RUSSIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  23. Artmark
    Artmark 2 May 2013 21: 06 New
    +3
    If all the ministers in their places were like Lavrov, then everything would be super in the country !!! good
  24. UFO
    UFO 2 May 2013 21: 42 New
    +1
    If you do not delve into history, then Lavrov is the third Foreign Minister (after A. Gromyko and E. Primakov) whose mind, tact, firmness and equanimity are admirable! The rest were so, “in passing", not particularly remembered by anything, and Kozyrev is generally a shame, "not fish is not meat," "a citizen of the world."
    Although, as a taxpayer, I have some questions about the activities of some individuals from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who are located in “warm places” such as Burkina Faso or Guatemala, where they are comfortably kept at our expense with your families. request
  25. studentmati
    studentmati 2 May 2013 22: 52 New
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    Lavrov, man! good And a competent politician! good
  26. uzer 13
    uzer 13 3 May 2013 00: 25 New
    -1
    It is quite possible to deal with the Americans and negotiate. Only before that they need to fill their faces well. Then everything will be OK
  27. Stalinets
    Stalinets 3 May 2013 02: 22 New
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    It's hard to argue with that. You just need to have weight, and if possible, to show that you do not understand jokes. Better to be afraid ..... yes
  28. mihal74
    mihal74 3 May 2013 05: 53 New
    0
    .... there will be no good relations between RUSSIA and "ie", two bears in the same den will never be removed ...... they drag death by their ears ....
  29. bord731
    bord731 3 May 2013 09: 26 New
    +1
    which were concluded long before the outbreak of the Civil War.
    I have a very respectful attitude towards S. Lavrov - but the phrase, civil war, "disturbs me - why not call a spade a spade? ...
  30. nnz226
    nnz226 3 May 2013 13: 45 New
    +1
    when, finally, our Foreign Ministry, even in a diplomatic language, will explain to Western goats that they are ?! And do not fall for them to discover about "human rights", "universal values" and other "humanisms" ?! The art of diplomacy (according to a joke) consists in sending an interlocutor in three letters, and he would walk cheerfully there in anticipation of an “erotic adventure”. Somehow MGIMO cannot bring up such diplomats ... A.A. Gromyko, called in the "wild west": "Mr." no! "", Nevertheless, the Helsinki Agreement on post-war Europe was also defused. He built the western barefoot by rank.
  31. sichevik
    sichevik 3 May 2013 13: 55 New
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    Lavrov is a true professional. There would be more such pros in our government. And not only in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. All ministries should be led by true professionals and fanatics of their field.
    But Lavrov wants to continue to be a strong-willed, firm and consistent politician in his actions and words. And good luck in his hard business.
  32. antidote
    antidote 3 May 2013 15: 50 New
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    There are two respected ministers in our government - Lavrov and Shoigu. Although, can someone add someone else?