Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke about criticizing the Russian Federation for taking part in the conflict in the Donbas and Syria.
He stated this at the second International Scientific and Expert Forum ‘Primakov Readings’ in Moscow on June 30th. The transcript was published on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
During the event, Lavrov was asked about Russia’s ability to make compromises in international politics.
“Mr Kissinger once said that Russia always preferred the risk of defeat to compromise. Do you think that we are playing in the wrong league on a number of international issues?” the question was.
In response, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry used the phrase “to join the fight in Donbass” with respect to Russia.
“Everything depends on who looks at this or other situation. I don’t know whether the political community thinks that we are playing in the wrong league. I have read and heard much criticism regarding our decision to join the fight in Donbass and in Syria,” said Lavrov according to the transcript.
Then Lavrov continued to justify military intervention in Ukraine by threats to the Russian-speaking population in Ukraine, which allegedly arose after the events of 2013-2014.
These words drew the attention of journalists in social networks.
“Yep. Lavrov really said that,” wrote journalist of the German edition Bild Julian Röpcke on twitter.
— Julian Röpcke (@JulianRoepcke) July 1, 2017
— Glasnost Gone (@GlasnostGone) July 1, 2017
“Tectonic shift: Russia’s Lavrov admits that Russia is at war with Ukraine in the Donbas region,” American journalist Julia Davis commented on Lavrov’s words.
— Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) July 1, 2017
The Russian Federation supplies them with tanks and other armored vehicles, as well as anti-tank weapons and anti-aircraft missiles.
At the same time, the Russian Federation does not admit it is a party to the conflict, and does not guarantee the fulfillment of the Minsk agreements by the separatist leaders who are under its control.