Sergey Lavrov on Russia’s Peace Agenda v. US Imperial Rage
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
The US and Russia are geopolitical opposites.
America is a warrior state, permanently at war on invented enemies, seeking unchallenged dominance over other countries, their resources and populations — targeting nations it doesn’t control for regime change.
Russia is a preeminent peacemaker, abhorring wars, seeking cooperative relations with other nations.
Earlier this year at the Moscow Conference on International Security, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov discussed his nation’s worldview v. Washington’s.
Moscow seeks to stabilize world trouble spots, seeking solutions “to the many problems of our time,” he stressed.
He called for collaborative efforts to address them, especially in conflict theaters.
“UN Charter (provisions) are being grossly violated” — US-dominated NATO, Israel, and their imperial allies the main offenders, my words, not his, what he understands well, saying:
In 1999, US-led “NATO forces bombed Yugoslavia, including a TV center, passenger trains, and other civilian facilities protected by international humanitarian law.”
The Clinton co-presidency and its imperial allies called the rape and destruction of the former Yugoslavia “their achievement in the fight for democracy, trying to justify aggression against a sovereign UN member state,” said Lavrov, adding:
By “dismembering Yugoslavia, NATO members have destroyed the principle of the inviolability of borders in Europe documented in the Helsinki Final Act.”
In late 2013/early 2014, the Obama regime and EU partners replaced democratic rule in Ukraine with Nazi-infested fascist tyranny.
“They provoked and supported an anti-constitutional coup, that is, committed yet another serious violation of international law,” said Lavrov.
Since early spring 2014, the US-installed puppet Kiev regime has been at war with its own people in Donbass.
Despite Lavrov’s hope that new leadership will seek peace over war, it continues in the country’s southeast on President Vladimir Zelensky’s watch.
Last week, shells fired by Ukrainian forces detonated meters from OSCE observers in Donbass. It happened before and likely will again.
Weeks after Zelensky took office in May, an OSCE report said shelling doubled in intensity.
According to Lavrov, US-led Western countries show “no signs” of pursuing peace over endless wars, adding:
“Strategic stability has been seriously dented by the irresponsible measures taken by Washington,” including its “Iran nuclear deal” pullout, abandonment of “the (INF) Treaty, and…deployment of the US national missile defense system, which, as is now clear to everyone, aims not to counter some narrowly defined regional missile threat but rather to establish global military superiority.”
“(T)he US and (its imperial) allies (seek to) rewrit(e) generally accepted norms of international law and replac(e) them with their own rules…suit(ing) their own political ends.”
Their so-called democracy-promoting agenda is “far from democratic.”
It’s “standard (US) practice…to punish those who disagree with (its) polic(ies) by imposing unlawful sanctions.”
“(G)lobal and regional security (are) hostage to” US imperial aims.
Russia stresses outreach and dialogue to address major world issues, nations working cooperatively to resolve differences.
US policy is polar opposite, demanding all nations bend to its will or face its wrath.
Russia is “ready for a candid and rational conversation on any platform,” said Lavrov, a position rejected by bipartisan US hardliners running things.
Lavrov expressed concern about the “intention of some states (notably the US) to militarize the information space and unleash a dangerous cyber weapons race.”
“Russia’s assistance to the lawful government of the Syrian Arab Republic has largely helped preserve Syrian statehood and prevented the appearance of yet another ‘black hole’ in the region,” Lavrov explained.
Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria remain hotbeds of US-supported ISIS and other terrorists, no end of their scourge in prospect.
Resolving Middle East wars are “unrealistic” without justice for long-suffering Palestinians, said Lavrov, “including the creation of an independent, viable and territorially integral Palestinian state in the safe and recognized borders of 1967 with possible exchanges and with the capital in East Jerusalem.”
The US and Israel oppose Palestinian self-determination, while pretending otherwise — why decades of intermittent peace talks achieved nothing.
“Russia’s proposal is to unite, rather than divide, the countries of the region. We promote the idea of strengthening transparency measures in the Persian Gulf and building trust between Arab countries and the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Lavrov stressed.
Russia’s peace and stability agenda is countered by Washington’s rage for endless wars.
Nothing in prospect suggests positive change ahead.
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