On anti-Russian geopolitics around Ukraine
The Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Republic of India
Tel: +91 112611 0560
EMERGENCY NUMBER: +91 813030 0551 (for Russian citizens only)
/Today's working hours: 08.00-14.00
24 november / 2021

On anti-Russian geopolitics around Ukraine

Noted some publications in the Indian media with regard to the Ukrainian crisis based on the Western one-sided and geopolitically motivated allegations against Russia. Such approach lacks proper consideration not only of the evolution of this situation, but also letter and spirit of the Minsk Agreements, which Russia is inadequately urged to implement.

The Minsk Package of Measures of 2015 elaborated by Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany and further approved by the relevant UN SC resolution 2202 (the text is accessible at the UN website – https://peacemaker.un.org/ukraine-minsk-implementation15) – the fundamental document in terms of resolving the Ukraine’s internal crisis, which was caused by the coup d’état in Kiev in 2014, supported by the West. The then Ukrainian government started the course of total “ukrainization” of the country covering traditionally Russian-speaking Donetsk and Lugansk regions as well as its closer association with the EU and NATO openly claiming the will to become a member of the North-Atlantic military bloc. Such policy took the shape of an extreme anti-Russian campaign with neo-Nazism as a new trend.

The Minsk Agreements first of all pertain to the direct dialogue between the Kiev authorities and the eastern regions of the country (on ceasefire regime, special status of these territories, holding elections, etc.) to be followed by relevant Constitutional amendments. Instead, rebelling Russian-speaking regions populated with around 8 million people have been further deprived of social and political rights, including the right to use the Russian language in schools and everyday life. Even more, they have been violently targeted by the Ukrainian military forces with the support of the NATO countries supplying Kiev with the cutting-edge lethal weapons, conducting provocative military exercises in the Black Sea and other regions close to the Russian borders.

In such circumstances, it is ridiculous to hear accusations that Russia is allegedly concentrating the armed forces near its borders and preparing some kind of a combat action. In fact, any sovereign state has the right to freely deploy its military units within its own territory, and by doing so we do not in any way violate international obligations. However, there are no preparations from the Russian Side for any military operations. On the contrary – Kiev not willing to hold a dialogue with the eastern regions is deploying more troops at their border, accommodating NATO military advisers in the Ukrainian army and accepting the NATO misleading intelligence reports (sometimes they are based on social media information).

After numerous attempts to distort Russia’s position, the Russian Foreign Ministry has decided to publish the diplomatic correspondence between Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his German and French counterparts Heiko Maas and Jean-Yves Le Drian – https://bit.ly/3nIe3fF. These documents eloquently reiterate the essence of the problem, namely the Ukrainian regime’s consistent attempts to sabotage the Minsk Agreements.

Russia is firmly convinced that there is no alternative to the full, consistent and comprehensive implementation of the Minsk Package of Measures, but there’s not much point in conducting international meetings for the sake of meetings, including in the Normandy format, unless Kiev starts to follow its commitments and the Western partners play their constructive part to encourage it for the same. Russia is showing maximum restraint and has no intention neither to fight historically, linguistically, civilizationally and confessionally fraternal Ukrainian people, nor to promote any military solution of the crisis.

Consistently Russia is promoting the principle point that there’s no issue of Crimea – after the coup d’état in Kiev in 2014, the people of the peninsula threatened by attempts of an extreme “ukrainization” exercised their right for self-determination and conducted the referendum to join Russia.

By blaming Russia for the crisis in Ukraine, Kiev and the West are exploiting double standards in an unprecedented way and just trying to re-direct attention from their inability to implement their obligations. Moreover, artificial exaggeration of “the Russian threat” is another reason for NATO to justify its existence elevating the problem to the level of geopolitics and ignoring the Russian red lines and core national security interests.

As a matter of fact, the crisis comes in line with the Western confrontational policies in other regions combined with illegitimate unilateral restrictions, attempts of regime change, the promotion of mysterious “rules based order”, which is used to justify unilateral approaches, trying to replace international law, and creation of new alienation lines, dividing nations into satellites and “adversaries”, who are in fact the nations not going to trade their sovereignty. The West failing to recognize multipolar nature of the current global development as well as to respect civilizational diversity and growing demand for an equal dialogue, has no moral rights to dictate criteria and impose its standards. The next such move will be the summit for democracy this December – we all remember very well how quite recently in the name of democracy and under unlawful pretexts some countries were devastated, and there is always a need for somebody else to blame not to acknowledge responsibility.