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PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, March 30. /ITAR-TASS/. Western countries are trying to create artificial impression of Russia’s international isolation despite the absence of any grounds for drawing such conclusions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in a TV programme, called “News on Saturday with Sergei Brilyov”, on March 29.
“Isolation is a term invented by our western partners whose actions are being driven by neo-imperial and nostalgic ambitions. They resort to sanctions each time anybody acts against their will,” Lavrov said, adding that time for using a ‘baton’ in the form of sanctions was in the past and that it would be better to think about how to involve all counties in joint work rather than of how to isolate partners.
Lavrov said he was surprised to see how determined the West was to find not so much the confirmation that Russia had found itself in isolation but to artificially create this confirmation.
“I have seen a lot in my life but it is the first time that I see serious countries throwing all their diplomatic might on ‘twisting arms’ to the whole world, including our closest partners, in hope that the latter will sway and agree to the argument that territorial integrity is unalterable and unshakable; and disregarding all the other principles of the United Nations Charter. I was simply surprised by their agility. How much effort serious government institutions must be spending on this activity!” Lavrov stressed.
The minister recalled that about 70 countries had voted against the draft resolution on Crimea at the United Nations General Assembly. Their number reaches 93 given that about 23 countries refused to take part in the vote.
“The score is fifty-fifty. Although Western propaganda, I cannot find any other word to describe the machine operating in the media, is going to present it as a colossal victory. But we know its price,” Lavrov emphasized.
Lavrov described as courageous the behavior of countries that refused to support the West-proposed draft resolution. “Their behavior is not anti-western or anti-Ukrainian. It shows that those who refused to vote on the draft resolution and especially those who voted against it had deep understanding of what was going on. It has got nothing to do with Ukraine or territorial integrity,” Lavrov said.