Sergey Lavrov Straight Talk
by Stephen Lendman
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is a world-class diplomat. Like Putin, he says what he means and means what he says - polar opposite how his Western counterparts operate.
On Friday, he blasted increasingly provocative US-led military exercises on Russia's borders. If the tables were turned, neocons infesting Washington would consider it an act of war, maybe a pretext to launch one.
"The ongoing activities of the alliance in the regions adjoining Russian borders are certainly provocative and destabilizing," Lavrov stressed.
"These include the deployment of additional military units in Poland and the Baltic States, and there already have been discussions about the possibility of similar NATO allies' deployment in other countries in Eastern Europe, particularly in Bulgaria and Romania."
Moscow pays close attention to unfolding events, hoping Trump will deescalate things. Russia will do whatever it takes to protect its borders and national security, Lavrov explained.
Steps are being taken "to neutralize potential and real threats. Russia is a peaceful country. But our peacefulness is based on the capability to ensure the country's security in any situation. We continue to advocate a soonest deescalation of the military-political situation in Europe," Lavrov added.
On Sunday, he explained Western attempts to recruit Russian diplomats haven't ceased - at times "with undue forwardness" in the presence of their families, calling what's going on unacceptable.
He called Iran an essential partner in the fight against terrorism, saying it's "unreasonable" to exclude it if Trump is serious about combating this scourge.
Commenting on Ukraine, Syria and other geopolitical issues, Lavrov hopes to begin discussions with his US counterpart soon - likely when G20 foreign ministers meet in Bonn on February 16 and 17, maybe again at the Munich Security Conference on February 17 - 19.
If Trump is sincere about wanting international terrorism defeated, Russia will be a cooperative partner.
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