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‘Russian agents captured in Ukraine? Show them!’ – Lavrov

Published time: April 25, 2014 13:45
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (AFP Photo/Vasily Maxomov)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (AFP Photo/Vasily Maxomov)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has dismissed as “not serious” reports of Russian agents captured in Ukraine. He accused US politicians of distorting facts and wrongfully interpreting the Geneva agreement on de-escalation.

Lavrov lashed out at western politicians while speaking at a young diplomats’ forum in Moscow. The minister accused his counterparts in the EU and the US of making unsubstantiated statements.

"Kerry has many times mentioned that Ukrainian intelligence captured Russian agents,” Lavrov said. “So, show them to the people, have them on TV. Kerry says they don’t want to disclose the identities of those people who are engaged in the captures. This is not serious.”

While the west is accusing Russia of not following through on the Geneva agreement, Lavrov believes the attitude stems from misinterpretation of the de-escalation agreement.

“Representatives of the US State Department, Victoria Nuland in particular, claim that in Geneva we agreed upon ‘separatists’ leaving the occupied buildings,” Lavrov said. “This is a lie, this could not have been written, because we were promoting the approach that ensures the simultaneity of processes and equal responsibilities of the sides when it comes to vacating illegally occupied buildings and disarming illegal groups.”

Lavrov said that Russia would not allow the distortion of the text of the Geneva agreement. He also questioned assertions made by John Kerry a day earlier concerning Kiev’s full compliance with the Geneva agreement. Kerry said authorities in the Ukrainian capital were “removing the barricades in the Maidan and cleaning up the square.”

“Instead of tires, they are now setting up concrete blocks there,” Lavrov said. “No one is going to clear the place.”

Lavrov complained that his western counterparts were not abandoning the language of slogans, even in one-on-one telephone conversations.

“If you think that when John Kerry, William Hague or Laurent Fabius call me, they speak differently in those personal contacts and say something you don’t know from their public speeches, you are mistaken,” Lavrov said, adding that he was still making attempts to have a real constructive dialogue with the officials he mentioned.

All kinds of sanctions against Russia are a sign of Western states having “got lost in their own game,” he said.

“The West generally wants – and the whole thing started with that – to capture Ukraine, with the intention being solely based on geopolitical ambition, not on the interests of the Ukrainian people.”

When the West realized it couldn’t get it its own way, it grew frustrated, Lavrov said. The frustration has been revealed in the “hard efforts on the sanctions trackway.”

Comments (125)

 

bzibzienko 28.04.2014 08:10

Mr Lavrov
Since 2008 Rusia occupied Osetia
Since April 2014 - Creame
Now your "green pepole" are in Ukraine
Who will be next?

 

Durandus von Meissen 27.04.2014 23:15

Paul Ankin 27.04.2014 14:13

Lavrow, that's obvious that your agents will deny any links with you. You can't be that stupid to expect anybody not to know that.

  


Th e rebels now in charge with CIA backing sent assassins to separatist quarters and were captured, their identities released but not those of the captors. Nobody gives a hoot about the latter, just release the former photo ID's to prove the assertion. The rebels cannot oblige. Patent falsehood.

 

sombra4k 27.04.2014 21:52

Mr. Lavrov is a real man. He speaks realities and proposes solutions based on the logic, unlike the western politicians acting as a group of ladies spreading gossip in the street market.

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