Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the West has vested interests in Ukraine

Russia has slammed West’s false understanding of solidarity on the matter of Crimea. 

Speaking at a press conference in the wake of talks with his Austrian counterpart Alexander Schallenberg, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov mentioned how Russia has “repeatedly invited special representatives from the OSCE, from the Council of Europe and the UN to come and assess the human rights situation in Crimea.” 

The minister was referencing the Crimean Platform forum that took place on 23rd August in Kiev.

“Are you engaged in human rights or playing political games?” Lavrov asked his Western partners. 

“Those who come are well aware of what actually happened and what is happening in Crimea. And those who want to support this incomprehensible regime in Kiev, they should also declare this: we want Kiev to rise up in this dispute. But this way is a dead-end.”

The Minister noted that if the West wanted to engage in real politics, they should first and foremost be “guided by reality.”

“The solidarity displayed by NATO and EU member states at yesterday’s event, which looked like a spectacle, does not go anywhere. This is a falsely understood solidarity. We cannot do anything about it,” he continued. “[The West] continues to blindly support the Ukrainian regime in its attempts to maintain interest in its own government while begging from all kinds of concessions, some money, some political gestures of support from the West. The Crimean Platform was not a real event.”

Representatives of 46 countries and international organizations attended the forum. Most European states sent their Foreign or Defense Ministers to Kiev.


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