Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov claimed that Russia’s “special military operation” was partly aimed at ending the “complete dominance” of the United States on the world stage. Photo: Dazhi Image/Associated Press (file photo)
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview that “Russia’s ‘special military operation’ in Ukraine is partly to end the US presence in the world,” Russian state media RT reported on April 11, local time. ‘Total dominance’ and ‘reckless expansion’ on stage.”
Lavrov said in the interview: “Our special military operation aims to end the reckless expansion and orientation of the United States and its subordinate Western countries on the international stage. This dominance is based on serious violations of international law and some rules. In fact, they (the U.S.) are now so exaggerating and making up these rules on a case-by-case basis, and Russia is one of those countries that doesn’t obey the will of the U.S.”
Then, in response to the EU’s top diplomat’s announcement on Saturday of more military aid to Kyiv that the conflict “(Ukraine) will be won on the battlefield,” Lavrov also said: “The head of EU foreign policy Jose Puborrell seems to be encouraging more fighting in Ukraine, and when a diplomat says the conflict can only be resolved with military action, it’s an outrageous statement.”
In the interview, Lavrov denied whether Russia would stop military operations in Ukraine and said: “Russia wants to negotiate peacefully with Ukraine. Russia has an open attitude, but it has not indicated that it will stop military operations in Ukraine.” He also alleged that Western countries Intended to use the “Bucha Massacre” to sabotage the negotiations.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a recent interview that Ukraine has no other way out than to negotiate with Russia, and reiterated its willingness to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on any topic at any time.