Sergei Lavrov

(Sergey Viktorovich Lavrov)

Sergei Lavrov
Sergei Lavrov
  • Born: March 21, 1950
  • Nationality: Russian
  • Profession: Diplomat









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Either we agree that any terrorism is unacceptable, or we will be playing a double-standard game where some son of a bitch is okay because he is our son of a bitch. Terrorism ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
No one country can solve problems which are becoming transborder, transitional, common threats and challenges. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The so called “Arab Spring” … is really a situation which is creating more threats so far than positive incentives. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
This is not our choice but this is the law of the politics. You always reciprocate. Positively, negatively, but this is something which you cannot change. It was not invented by us. It is the law of international relations. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We have to really get used to the fact that there is more than one center in the world politics, that the unipolar world never succeeded, that there are more growing, emerging, economic, financial powers… Power ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
A second opinion never hurts, not only in medicine, but also in politics. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
All our security now depends on the wise decisions and cooperation of our leaders.
Assertions that Russia has undermined efforts to strengthen partnerships on the European continent do not correspond to the facts.
Attempts to put pressure on Russia and to compel it to abandon its values, truth and justice have no prospects whatsoever. Truth
Attempts to settle crises by unilateral sanctions outside the framework of U.N. Security Council decisions threaten international peace and stability. Such attempts are counterproductive and contradict the norms and principles of international law. War & Peace
Conversations with my counterparts in Europe have made clear that many of them recognize NATO's limitations and understand the need for reform.
Crimea was not a non-nuclear zone in an international law sense but was part of Ukraine, a state which doesn't possess nuclear arms.
Do not form your judgment about our military doctrine from the assessments given by NATO representatives.
Even the state TV channels are not monolithic in their pro-government line, and the views they express are quite pluralistic.
Every country has its political face and political traditions.
For years, we have been asking the E.U. to create something similar to the Russia-NATO council. Not in order to simply exchange opinions and work out recommendations, but to make decisions. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Frankly speaking, we don't see any other way for the steady development of the Ukrainian state apart from as a federation.
Germany has traditionally played a very constructive role regarding E.U. ties with Russia and the West as a whole with Russia.
Historical experience shows that a crisis causes either a recovery or catastrophic consequences.
Hours before the Georgian invasion, Russia had been working to secure a United Nations Security Council statement calling for a renunciation of force by both Georgia and South Ossetians. The statement that could have averted bloodshed was blocked by western countries.
Humanitarian issues must bring together all people who act in good faith trying to alleviate the suffering of people in dire need - especially women, children and the elderly. Women ;Religion & God
I can only say it is not for us to decide who should lead Syria. It is for the Syrians to decide.
I can only say that I have good personal relations with all secretaries of state with whom I have a chance to work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I don't believe in ideology in international relations.
I don't think you can perpetrate war crimes with defensive weapons, with air defense systems. War & Peace
I don't want to say that sanctions are ridiculous and that we couldn't care less; these are not pleasant things... We find little joy in that, but there are no painful sensations. We have lived through tougher times.
I hope that the United States would cooperate with the partners to reduce its debt. The debt is a problem. The debt is with you, but unfortunately, the debt is not only with you but with us and with the rest of the world because we all, one way or another, are dependent on the dollar. Hope
I know that Britain and the United States and others ship arms in the Middle East, 10 or maybe 100 times more than the Russian does.
I started, you know, to work as a diplomat during the Soviet days, and in spite of ideology being very high on the Communist Party agenda, I can assure you that in practical terms, we have always been trying to be pragmatic. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I very much hope that the United States will finally... realise that they can no longer act as the prosecutor, the judge, and the executioner in every part of the world and that they need to cooperate to resolve issues. Hope
I wouldn't even go into the history of the last days of the Soviet Union, the withdrawal from Europe, and what promises were given at that time, because those were oral promises, and our leaders of that time strongly believe that, like in ancient Russia, a word given is better than any treaty. Time ;History
If it acts like a terrorist, if it walks like a terrorist, if it fights like a terrorist, it's a terrorist, right?
If our interests - our legitimate interests, the interests of Russians - have been attacked directly, like they were in South Ossetia, for example, I do not see any other way but to respond in accordance with international law.
If you look at U.S. Congress, 80 percent of them have never left the U.S.A., so I'm not surprised about Russophobia in Congress.
If you say that your national law allows you to do something, it is fine as long as you do this inside your own territory. As long as you go international, you really have to be sure that there is an international law which you respect and which you follow. Respect
If you think that a coup to overthrow the elected government is a coup everywhere, then you should remember how elections in Ukraine took place in 2004, how elections in Georgia took place in 2003, when the elections results have been torn and thrown away by revolutionary action. Government
In the spirit of commitment to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, we will strive to achieve real progress in disarmament and arms control.
Iran will be the most checked and inspected country if the principles agreed in Lausanne are transferred into the language of practical agreements.
It is absolutely unacceptable to talk to Russia - or anyone for that matter - in the language of ultimatums and coercive measures.
NATO cannot accept that the unconstitutional coup in Ukraine has not led to the subjugation of the whole Ukrainian nation.
NATO has a special relationship with countries far away from Europe: Australia, Japan, South Korea. They have joint projects and programmes which are being implemented without these countries becoming members of NATO.
On September 11, 2001, Russia's then-president, Vladimir Putin, called U.S. President George W. Bush - making Putin the first international leader to speak with Bush after the attacks.
Our stand is crystal-clear - we want peace in Ukraine, which can only be attained through broad national dialogue in which all regions and all political forces of the country must participate. War & Peace
People versed in politics need not be told that the devil is in the detail, and tough solutions implying the use of force cannot produce a lasting long-term settlement. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Regarding the visa-free regime, it has undoubtedly become a problem for the European Union, above all in terms of its capacity to reach agreements.
Russia and the U.S. bear a special responsibility in world affairs. We have much to offer the rest of the world. Our common history testifies to this, and modern challenges demand that we work together. History ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Russia and the U.S. have unique experience in ensuring the safety and security of nuclear material.
Russia and the U.S. must jointly manage expectations to ensure that attempts to 'reset' our relationship succeed.
Russia has been entirely proportionate in its military response to Georgia's attack on Russian citizens and peacekeepers.
Russia has done more than any other country to support the independent Ukrainian state, including for many years subsidising its economy through low energy prices.
Russia has every reason to dispose of its nuclear arsenal... to suit its interests and international legal obligations. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Russia is doing all it can to promote early stabilisation in Ukraine.
Russia probably knows the true cost of revolutions better than most other countries.
Russia would not support anything which would be actually imposed on Syrians.
Russia would prefer to rebuild trust rather than allow it to further corrode. That's why, in July 2007, President Putin, in the spirit of strategic openness, proposed a truly collective effort at missile defense for Europe. Trust
Russian citizens being attacked is an attack against the Russian Federation.
Saddam Hussein was the one person after whom the United States went, and they ruined the country.
Sanctions are a sign of irritation; they are not the instrument of serious policies.
Shouldn't the General Assembly adopt a declaration on the inadmissibility of interference into domestic affairs of sovereign states and nonrecognition of coup d'etats as a method of the change of power? Power
Syria is a multi-confessional state: in addition to Sunni and Shia Muslims, there are Alawites, Orthodox and other Christian confessions, Druzes, and Kurds.
The Americans have taken the course of confrontation and do not assess their own steps critically at all.
The attempts to distort the truth and to hide the facts behind blanket accusations have been undertaken at all stages of the Ukrainian crisis. Truth
The E.U.'s Eastern Partnership programme is designed to bind the so-called focus states tightly to itself, shutting down the possibility of co-operation with Russia.
The international community unfortunately did take sides in Libya, and we would never allow the Security Council to authorise anything similar to what happened in Libya.
The jihadists come from many European countries, Russia included, and some even from the United States; hundreds of them - if you take Europe, Russia and the U.S. - are fighting in the ranks of extremist groups.
The Russian Federation and the United States of America, the two biggest nuclear powers in the world, but apart from nuclear-wise, we have a lot in common. We have huge territories, natural resources, technologies, science, education, and of course human capital. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The struggle against terrorists in the territory of Syria should be structured in cooperation with the Syrian government, which clearly stated its readiness to join it. Government
The U.S.-led western alliance, while acting as an advocate of democracy, rule of law and human rights, is acting from the opposite position, rejecting the democratic principle of the sovereign right of states enshrined in the U.N. Charter and trying to decide for others what is good and what is bad.
There is nothing in this world which could be not described as requiring more.
There's no room for petty grievances in politics. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Washington has openly declared its right to unilateral use of force anywhere to uphold its own interests.
We are categorically against any new military nuclear power, be it Iran, be it North Korea, be it anyone. Power
We are categorically against proliferation of nuclear weapons.
We are certain that Ukraine needs profound constitutional reform. In all fairness, we can't see any other way to ensure the stable development of Ukraine but to sign a federal agreement.
We are convinced that the only way to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue is through negotiations.
We are not wedded to anyone in Syria. We are not concerned with any personality. We are concerned with keeping Syria in one piece, territorially integral, sovereign, independent and secular, where the rights of all groups, ethnic and others, are fully respected.
We believe Russian-American relations are broader and larger than emotions and mutual grudges, including the situation with the U.S. fugitive Edward Snowden.
We believe that this is not right for a democracy to make revolutions the beacon of promoting democracy.
We can only talk to those who opt for the sovereign, territorially integral, secular, multiethnic and multi-confessional Syria.
We can say that Japan is the only country that calls into question the outcome of the Second World War; no one else does. War & Peace
We feel no isolation. But, having said that, I want to emphasise in particular that we do not want to go to extremes and abandon the European and American directions in our foreign economic cooperation.
We firmly oppose the use of violence in the course of current transformations in Arab States, especially against civilians. We are well aware of the fact that the transformation of a society is a complex and generally long process, which rarely goes smoothly. Society
We have absolutely no intention of, or interest in, crossing Ukraine's borders.
We have become stronger economically; we have been successfully resolving the social problems, raising the level of living - the standards of living - of the population.
We have been getting out of the situation where we found ourselves in the early '90s, when the Soviet Union disappeared and the Russian Federation became what it is - you know, with no borders, with no budget, no money, and with huge problems starting with lack of food and so on and so forth. Money, Coins & Minting ;Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
We have been protecting the lives of the Russian peacekeepers who had been attacked by their Georgian comrades, because there was a joint peacekeeping force.
We have looked into the general problems with adoption in the United States, and we discovered - on the basis of the reports written by American NGOs - we discovered that not only Russians but kids from other countries and the American-born kids have been subject to very unfortunate behavior on the part of their adopted parents.
We have no desire to continue a sanctions war, trading blows. War & Peace
We keep our reserves both in dollars and in Euros mostly.
We provide transit facilities, we cooperate in equipping the Afghan army and security forces with arms and helicopters, we cooperate in training officers for law enforcement agencies.
We still believe that if the Russian Federation and the United States bring their minds together, we can develop a common system which would be efficient in protecting the Euro-Atlantic region from threats coming outside this region.
What we did say is that it is up to the Syrians themselves to decide how to run the country, how to introduce the reforms, what kind reforms, without any outside interference.
When Colonel Gadhafi started using his air force against civilians on the ground, we did not hesitate. Then we supported the resolution of the Security Council, which introduced arms embargo for Libya.
When the Georgian army started this assault against the sleeping city of Tskhinvali, the Georgian peacekeepers, serving in one contingent with their Russian friends, joined the army and started killing the Russian comrades in arms.
When Ukrainians kill Ukrainians, I believe this is as close to a civil war as you can get. War & Peace
When you buy a company at an auction, and you are committing yourself to pay some $300 million to the state because it was a privatization deal, and you don't pay it, is it OK? Isn't it something that deserves court procedures?
With regards to the expansion of NATO, I see it as a mistake, even a provocation in a way.
You cannot defeat Islamic State with airstrikes only. It's necessary to cooperate with ground troops, and the Syrian army is the most efficient and powerful ground force to fight the Islamic State.
You cannot strengthen the law by violating the law.
You either deny terrorists any acceptance in the international life, or you make your double standard policy work the way it has been working - 'I don't like that guy in this country, so we will be calling him a dictator and topple him. This guy in another country also dictatorial, but he's our dictator.' Life ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
You know that we are not in the regime-change game. We are against interference in domestic conflicts.