Lavrov spoke about the attempts of the West to create a new bridgehead against Russia

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich in fotobanka the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov at the second session of the Moscow format of consultations on Afghanistan. November 9, 2018Lavrov spoke about the attempts of the West to create a new bridgehead against Russia© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich the image Bank

The West is making persistent attempts to transform the Balkans into another bridgehead against Russia, said Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in interview to the newspaper «Serbian Telegraph».

The Minister reminded that after the cold war, the West abandoned the joint work on the formation of the architecture of equal and indivisible security in the Euro-Atlantic area, to which insistently urged Russia. Instead, Western countries have chosen a dead-end path expansion controlled their geopolitical space and the creation of new dividing lines on the European continent, he said.

«For example, in 1999, in flagrant violation of international law, for two and a half months of bombing Yugoslavia, and then in an attempt to legitimize the aggression — recognized unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo,» Lavrov said.

One of the outcomes of this anti-Russian policy, in his opinion, was «orchestrated and supported» by the USA and some European countries the coup in Kiev in February 2014.

«It seems that the lessons of the Ukrainian tragedy in the West never learned. Today’s persistent attempts to turn the Balkans into another bridgehead against Russia. From the countries of the region need to aggressively make the choice: either with Moscow or with Washington and Brussels,» — said the diplomat.

He added that Russia knows about the pressure exerted on Belgrade, so he turned to cooperation with Moscow, and noted that in Serbia it «confidently resist».

«In Moscow highly appreciate an independent multi-vector foreign policy of Serbia, which, I am convinced, is in the fundamental interests of your people», — concluded Lavrov.

The Russian foreign Minister gave an interview to «Srpska Telegraph» on the eve of the visit to Belgrade of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Lavrov spoke about the attempts of the West to create a new bridgehead against Russia© RIA Novosti, Integratiebeleid in fotobanka: history expansion

Source