Vitaly Korotich: I really wish the Americans didn’t dig trenches, but listen to Putin and Lavrov

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Peter Kavinsky

Journalist Vitaly Korotich

A picture: Alexander GAMOV

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov spoke at a meeting of the UN Security Council about the situation in Ukraine. First of all, he noted that “they are trying to make Russia an aggressor, forgetting the killings of people in Donbass by Kiev.” At the same time, the authorities of Ukraine “owe” Germany their impunity. France and the United States, emphasized the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. – Western countries… pump weapons into Ukraine and become parties to the conflict.

Lavrov’s second speech at the UN – during the week’s general high-level debate – is scheduled for September 24.

I called the former editor-in-chief of Ogonyok magazine, who has lived in the US for 10 years, Vitaly Korotich … – Vitaly Alekseevich! Everyone was very concerned about our delegation, for Sergei Lavrov, who struggled to get to New York, because initially no visas were even given to the Foreign Minister. And Lavrov gave a very incendiary speech. How do you perceive it? What do the Americans say? Perhaps you have already spoken to someone?

– You know, I think Lavrov would have been admitted anyway. The scandal, had it not been allowed, would have been too great.

But the fact is that they want to drive us out, push us out of humanity in various ways. And here it is very important that we are heard.

They don’t want to see us at cultural festivals, at political events, they want to isolate us from world trade, from world sport.

That’s why it’s so important that Lavrov is heard.

– Judging by the comments in the Western press, the first speech of the head of our Ministry of Foreign Affairs was heard. In any case, I have not seen any reports that one of the participants in the session “deliberately” left the room at that time.

– Yes … Now such a fashionable activity has appeared again – this is when the Russian delegation speaks, immediately rushes out of the hall to everyone in solidarity with the team that will be given.

It is very important for me to see how it will be this time: they will run out, they will not run out, what will happen…

(By the way, when the Ukrainian president made a speech at the General Assembly session, the Russian delegation did not leave the room.)

Lavrov needs to be heard. It is very important that today, at a time when the world is on the brink of a major war, everyone should listen to each other.

Vladimir Putin gave a very serious speech…

– You – about the address of the President of Russia on September 21.

– Naturally. The warning was very serious.

And it is important that we explain again that we do not want military clashes, new bloodshed, no new fire.

– You usually tell us about your correspondence with US citizens.

– I get a lot of disturbing letters, people don’t understand what’s going to happen, people don’t know what it will be like…

In America there is talk again about the need for ‘individual bomb shelters’. Where to go, where to hide and so on? ..

And I would very much like our Secretary’s words to reach the Americans – that we do not intimidate anyone, we do not want to drop a terrible bomb on anyone. We want to be heard, that our arguments are accepted and that we are no longer pushed out of humanity.

And so that this terrible and shameful process of expulsion from humanity from one of the greatest countries on Earth must be stopped.

At the very least, those who excite and encourage him understand the gravity of the threat posed.

Therefore – again – God forbid that Lavrov is heard. And God forbid mutual understanding is the only recipe for coexistence in the world today.

I really wish the Americans didn’t dig trenches, but listen to Putin and Lavrov.

– Thank you, Vitaly Alekseevich!

– Thanks dear.

– Good to hear from you.

Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at

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