Lavrov says “it’s necessary to stop Ukraine from turning into ‘anti-Russia’”

MOSCOW, March 1. /TASS/.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said it’s necessary to stop attempts by “placeholders” in Kiev to “betray the vital interests” of the Ukrainian people and conduct the policy that’s aiding the transformation of the country into an “anti-Russia.”

“The main thing is to stop the attempts of the placeholders, who illegally seized power, to betray the vital interests of the Ukrainian people and, in order to please the West, turn their country into an ‘anti-Russia’ as the meaning of their existence,” the minister said at a session of the UN Human Rights Council, speaking by a video link. “The real hysteria observed today in NATO and the EU only confirms that it was the creation of an ‘anti-Russia’ that was and remains the goal of the US and all its allies lined up by Washington.”

“The mass burials discovered in Donbass serve as an irrefutable proof of criminal consequences of massive shellings of Donbass civilian objects. A forensic investigation has determined that most of the dead are women and seniors. Our Western colleagues simply ignore numerous facts of these outrageous violations of the basic human right – right for life,” Lavrov said.

“Our attempts to draw the Human Rights Council’s attention to the atrocities that have been going on for eight years were met with indifference.”

“All these massive, systemic attacks on rights and freedoms, the consistent planting of neo-Nazism are taking place with the connivance of the US, Canada, the EU states, which are arrogantly declaring themselves ‘standard of democracy’,” the top diplomat noted.

Lavrov pointed out that the West started to turn a blind eye to the developments in Ukraine in February 2014, “when the radicals carried out an unconstitutional coup d’etat, breaking the agreement with the then president of Ukraine that was reached under EU guarantees.”

The Russian foreign minister noted that the residents of the eastern Ukraine, who did not accept the coup, “were accused of terrorism, although they did not attack anyone.” “[The Kiev forces]… bombed their cities using aircraft, artillery and multiple rocket launchers. They destroyed civilian facilities, schools and hospitals. They killed civilians,” Lavrov said. According to him, the Kiev leadership also imposed an economic, transport and food blockade against Donbass and got away with all of this, while international structures were limited to sterile calls for peace.

Russia won’t violate Ukrainians’ civil rights, Lavrov assures. Russia respects the Ukrainian people and does not intend to infringe on the citizens’ interests, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in his video address.
“As [Russian] President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly stressed, we always respect the Ukrainian people, their language and traditions. We do not intend to infringe on the interests of the Ukrainian citizens in any way, with whom we are united not only by a shared history, civilizational, spiritual, cultural kinship but also simply by blood, family ties,” Lavrov said. “Millions of Ukrainian natives reside in Russia today. As far as we are concerned, they are our [people]. We have always been together and will be many times stronger and more successful.”

On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the recognition of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. The treaties on friendship, cooperation, and mutual assistance were signed with their leaders.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a televised address on February 24 that in response to a request by the leaders of the Donbass republics he had made a decision to carry out a special military operation. The Russian head of state stressed that Moscow had no plans of occupying Ukrainian territories.

Russia’s Defense Ministry reported later that Russian troops were not delivering strikes against Ukrainian cities. It emphasized that Ukrainian military infrastructure was being destroyed through the use of precision weapons. Civilians are not threatened, the Russian military assured.