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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s words about Russia’s readiness to break off relations with the European Union are not anti-Western, said political scientist, philosopher and the leader of the Essence of Time movement Sergey Kurginyan on February 18 on the Topic program on the Donetsk Union channel.
In a recent interview, when asked if Russia was heading for a break with the European Union Lavrov said, “We are working off the assumption that we are ready.” The Minister noted that Russia is self-sufficient in the military sphere. Now the country faces a challenge to achieve the same in the national economy, as Russia has no desire to continue to endure the West’s sanctions, added Lavrov.
Kurginyan explained that this statement is a result of recent international events.
“Biden has considerably revived the anti-Russian agenda, and it is absolutely clear that he has involved West Europe in it. Lavrov understands that there will be no softening, and we can expect further EU pressure on Russia,” said the political scientist.
Kurginyan believes that the Minister’s statement is very soft and does not symbolize Russia’s posture towards a hard break with the Western world.
“We do not want to divorce you, but if you file for divorce, we will have to accept this and proceed with dividing the property,” Kurginyan explained Lavrov’s words.
The anti-Western character of this line of conduct is highly exaggerated, said the expert.
“There is nothing anti-Western in it,” stressed Kurginyan.
The political scientist added that Lavrov is a cautious diplomat and a professional, which is why he cannot say something radical.
Kurginyan noted that for some reason Lavrov’s words were presented as a statement of breaking with the West, despite these words not contain anything suggesting this.
The Minister’s statement sparked a violent reaction, and this reaction may be even more important sign than the statement itself, stressed the political scientist.
“Although the words contain nothing new and radical, there is an elusive novelty of tone, text construction and other things, which provokes a very violent reaction in the pro-Western circles,” said Kurginyan.
Such a reaction tells of the mounting conflict between two elite groups in Russia. The first one demands a rapprochement with Europe by inertia, while the second believes that the time has come for policy to change.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency