Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Blasts EU, NATO and US

September 24, 2022

UNITED NATIONS – Russian Foreign Minister spoke at the United Nations, a press conference, and to reporters on Saturday, touching on a wide ranging series of topics, from Russia’s special operation in Ukraine to the US, NATO, and EU’s role in the world. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Saturday that his country would not make the first step toward reviving dialogue with the West, given the current circumstances.

“We do not avoid contacts and when offers come we accept them. If our partners want to meet in secret, so that no one knows, let it be so. Because talking is better than not talking,” he told reporters in New York City. “But, in the situation we have found ourselves in, Russia will not make any first steps,” Lavrov added.

The top Russian diplomat held a press conference on the sidelines of the UNGA general debate. He said that Russia would not refuse to talk to Ukraine either, but he warned that the longer Kiev delayed negotiations the harder it would be for the two countries to make peace.During a press conference, Lavrov said that the United States had become a party to the Ukrainian conflict by choosing which targets to engage and guiding deadly weapons on the battlefield.

“Recently, one of the commanders of the Ukrainian armed forces, commenting on the use of US weapons on the battlefield, said: ‘Yes, the Americans have the right to veto the targets that we choose.’ What is this, if not a direct participation in the guidance of deadly weapons and involvement in the war?,” Lavrov told a press conference after delivering a speech at the UN General Assembly’s high-level week in New York.

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