Live | Crisis in Ukraine
He assures that Zelenski does not provide security guarantees and rules out for the moment re-negotiating
The minister meets with representatives of Donetsk and Lugansk
MADRID, Feb. 25 (Royals Blue) –
The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, has insisted this Friday that Moscow’s intention when invading Ukrainian territory is to “demilitarize” the country in order to “liberate” it, end the “genocide” against the Russian-speaking populations and prevent Ukraine from remaining a “tool” of other countries to “contain Russia”.
In a series of televised statements, Lavrov has clarified that the objective of the president, Vladimir Putin, is not to “occupy Ukraine” but to put an end to the abuses against these populations in the face of what he considers to be a “neo-Nazi” state based on “Russophobia”. “.
“As a result of this Russophobia, neo-Nazism has become the basis of the Ukrainian regime and has led the country to this great tragedy,” he said before indicating that Ukraine cannot be described as a democratic country. “We do not see the possibility of recognizing a government that uses genocide against its own people, we cannot recognize that concept of democracy,” she said.
“This society that claims to be democratic accepts actions in which the language of the majority of the population is crushed, prohibits education in Russian, prohibits people from speaking their native language. Do democratic societies have such a habit? Those who live there (in the east) are not human for (Volodimir) Zelensky,” he said in relation to the Ukrainian president.
In this sense, he has drawn several parallels and has raised “what would happen if English was banned in Ireland” or French in “Belgium”. “The rights of thousands of Ukrainians are being violated and there is no talk of Human Rights”, he stressed before clarifying that, for this reason, the objective of the intervention is “to demilitarize and denazify Ukraine, (…) because they have been introducing Nazi habits and has been done with the tacit agreement of the media”.
“The result of all this we will see, it depends on the circumstances,” he clarified, although he has advocated that the Ukrainians themselves be “those who choose their future.” “We want Ukrainians to have a government that represents them all, we don’t want to have a situation where the country is ruled from the outside and Ukraine is tried to be used as a tool to contain Russia,” she said.
Lavrov took advantage of the occasion to criticize the attitude of the international community, which has intervened in countries like Iraq or Libya, where it has left “thousands of fatalities in the name of democracy.”
He also recalled that there are no “security guarantees” on Zelensky’s part and recalled that in no case should this issue be imposed to the detriment of the other’s security.
“He lies, we have tried to give all the options to guarantee security and he has openly said that NATO is acceptable. (…) We were looking for ways to satisfy the West, NATO and obviously Russia. We were looking for guarantees. Zelensky He was aware of all this and now he must not try to blame others,” he said.
On the possibility of returning to the negotiating table, he stressed that Zelenski “continues to lie” and recalled that he has “refused to implement the Minsk Agreements.” “He has been seeking refuge in the West. There are no guarantees that there will be any practical results,” he lamented.
Hours before his press conference, Lavrov met with representatives of the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, which are in eastern Ukraine and are now recognized by Russia.
Thus, he held a meeting with the Foreign Minister of Lugansk, Vladislav Deinego, and the Deputy Foreign Minister of Donetsk, Sergei Peresada, as indicated by the Russian Foreign Ministry.