According to Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, the current situation in Ukraine is a direct result of the desire of United States and West to ruled and dominate the world. In an interview to India Today group, he said “The current events are rooted in the US and the West’s desire to show the world there would be no Multipolarity, only unipolarity, and created a springboard against Russia at our borders. They pumped arms into Ukraine”, he stressed.
Lavrov elaborated the Russian point of view saying that the real reason for the War is the complacency of most countries after World War 2. “They violated their promises to Russian leadership and started moving towards NATO eastward after the Soviet union disappeared. Also they said it’s a defensive alliance and not a threat to Russian security”, he said.
Lavrov further said, “As early as 2003, when the Ukraine had another presidential election,the west was publicly and bluntly demanding from Ukrainians and then they started pulling Ukraine into the European union Association Agreement. The agreement provided Zero tariffs for Ukrainian goods in Europe and European goods in Ukraine”.
The Russian foreign minister said that he had flagged Russia’s concerns on Ukraine’s agreement with the EU, while they had free a trade agreement with Russia. He claimed that the EU turned down the suggestion and allegedly told Russia that it was “none of their business”.
Response to allegations of War crimes
Responding to the allegations of War crimes committed by the Russian army, Lavrov said “our army has only been targeting military infrastructure and not civilians. The Ukrainian army has been using civilians as human shields”. He also added, “The west is not paying attention to our facts. They are placing attention on false things like what they said about Bucha. They bought up Bucha three days after the Ukrainian mayor of Bucha proudly said the city was back under their control”.
Lavrov said that Moscow’s campaign in Ukraine is entering a new stage. The statement follows Ukraine’s statements that Russia Launched an offensive in the country’s Eastern industrial heartland, Donbas. Several images of Corpses laying in the streets of Bucha in Ukraine had Emerged in international media, triggering global outrage against Russia.
He called External Affairs Minister S jaishankar “A real patriot of his Country”, after the latter firmly stated that India will decide it’s foreign policy in light of the mounting pressure to cut down imports from Moscow amid the ongoing Russia – Ukraine War.