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Publish Date: 12:57 - 19 November 2014
MOSCOW, November 19 (Sputnik) – Differences in opinion between Russia and the West have an objective character but Moscow is prepared to find compromises based on equal rights without blackmail or dictatorship, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that Moscow has called for stable contacts between Kiev and representatives from eastern Ukraine as a first step in solving the Ukrainian crisis.

Moscow has called for stable contacts between Kiev and representatives from eastern Ukraine as a first step in solving the Ukrainian crisis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.

"As the first step, we call to set up stable contacts between Kiev and representatives of Donbas with the goal of reaching mutually acceptable agreements,” Lavrov said.

"The West needs to stimulate this process and stop trying to blindly supporting everything the ‘war party’ in Kiev is doing, closing its eyes on the heinous breaches in human rights, outright criminal activity and military crimes,” Lavrov added.

Lavrov: Attempts to Present Russia as Party in Ukrainian Conflict Counterproductive


Attempts to paint Russia as a party in the Ukrainian crisis is counterproductive with no chance to survive, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.

"This is an absolutely counterproductive and provocative policy that has no chance for survival,” Lavrov said during a government meeting in the lower house of parliament.

Lavrov Sees Kiev's Decision to Cut Social Benefits to East Ukraine Grounds for War


Kiev’s decision to refuse social funding for eastern Ukraine could be used to create a legal subjectivity for the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s republics, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.

"Of course this is a fact that can be used to base your thesis,” Lavrov said when answering a lawmaker’s question on whether Kiev’s unilateral decision to cut off its responsibilities in regard to the two republics is a step toward their legal subjectivity.

Lavrov: West Doing Everything to Stop Cooperation Between Armed Forces

The West is doing everything it can in order to stop cooperation with the armed forces, but Russia is prepared to be more transparent than its partners are willing to be, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.

"There is a lot of information on our armed forces that is secret, but bases and who is deployed where is not something we need to hide because we’re on our territory and we’re not planning to go further than our western partners in regard to transparency or information exchange, but they are doing everything possible in order to cease this cooperation,” Lavrov said during a government meeting in the lower house of parliament.

Lavrov: Moscow-Beijing Ties Key Factor in Keeping Strategic Stability, Security on Planet

The link between Moscow and Beijing is a key factor in keeping strategic stability and security on the planet, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.

"The developments in the world give a vivid demonstration that the link between Moscow and Beijing is one of the key factors in keeping stability and security on the planet, creating a stable multi-polar world order, providing the supremacy of rights in world affairs and the democracy of international relations,” Lavrov said during a government meeting in the lower house of parliament.

Lavrov: Russia's Active Ties With Asia Not Alternative to Relations With West

Russia’s active relations with Asia are not an alternative to those with the West, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.

"The eastern vector of our policy is not understood as an alternative to relations with the West, but as a factor of creating the principle of a multi-vector in our work on the international arena. This gives greater stability to the positions of the country in the world,” Lavrov said during a government meeting in the lower house of parliament.

Lavrov Acknowledges Differences in Opinion with West, Russia Ready for Compromise

Differences in opinion between Russia and the West have an objective character but Moscow is prepared to find compromises based on equal rights without blackmail or dictatorship, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.

"We of course acknowledge that there are differences in opinion and many of them have an objective character and reflect the actual discrepancies in legal interests, but we are ready to bring our position closer and find a compromise,” Lavrov said during a government meeting in the lower house of parliament.

"Of course, this means on the basis of equal rights and taking into consideration the interests of each other, as well as on the basis of avoiding attempts of blackmail and dictatorship,” Lavrov added.

Lavrov: India, Iran, Pakistan May Join Shanghai Cooperation Organization

India and Pakistan’s possible entrance into the Shanghai Cooperation Organization will not lessen Russia and China’s role in the organization, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.

"I don’t think that these two countries’ joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organization will erode it in any way or lessen the role of Russia or China. There’s no need to fear serious, responsible, large and growing partners,” Lavrov said during a government meeting in the lower house of parliament.

Lavrov also said that Iran’s joining the organization would help settle Iran’s nuclear issue and is becoming more actual.

"[Iran’s membership] is becoming more and more actual so as to settle Iran’s nuclear program,” Lavrov added.

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