Is Russia's President Putin On A US Kill List? His Foreign Minister Lavrov allegedly has indications that the US would not shy away from the "physical elimination" of the Russian head of state. In general, according to Lavrov, Moscow's opponents are "ready for much".
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused the United States of alleged plans to assassinate Kremlin chief Putin. "Unnamed officials" from the Pentagon threatened to "decapitate" Russia, Lavrov said in an interview with the Russian state agency TASS. "In fact, it's about the threat of the physical elimination of the Russian head of state," the Russian chief diplomat claimed - without citing any evidence.
The strategic goal of the United States and its allies in NATO is a "victory over Russia on the battlefield" in order to weaken or even destroy Russia, Lavrov said. Moscow's opponents are "ready to do too much" to achieve this. "The main beneficiaries of this 'burning conflict' are the United States, which wants to get the maximum benefit from it, both in the economic and military-strategic spheres," Lavrov said. Washington is also pursuing another geopolitical goal - the destruction of Russia's traditional ties with Europe.
According to the 72-year-old, the United States is doing everything it can to aggravate the conflict. Lavrov claimed that Kyiv was being supplied with the most modern weapons, which had not even been delivered to the US's western allies. The $40 billion in military support provided this year alone exceeds the defense budgets of some European countries. On the other hand, Kyiv is trying to "draw the Americans and other NATO members deeper into the conflict, hoping to make a hasty clash with the Russian army inevitable."
An end to the conflict is possible, but depends on Kyiv and Washington. As conditions Lavrov called the demands for "denazification and demilitarization" of the areas controlled by Kyiv as well as security guarantees for Russia and its "new areas". What is meant are the regions in the south and east of Ukraine occupied by Russia and annexed in violation of international law. Lavrov made no mention of Crimea, annexed in 2014. Lavrov's conditions are diametrically opposed to Kiev's demands for an end to the conflict. Kyiv is demanding the complete withdrawal of all Russian troops from Ukraine, including Crimea, as a precondition for negotiations. In addition, the Ukrainian leadership is demanding reparations from Moscow for the war damage.
In his sweeping attack on all of Moscow's "unfriends," Lavrov also sees Russia's relations with the EU at a "historic low." After all, Brussels, following the US and NATO, declared hybrid war on his country. "In fact, they (in Brussels) unquestioningly follow the anti-Russian course of overseas hegemony on all points, sometimes even pushing ahead." Therefore, there can be no "business as usual" with such opponents.
In addition, Russia also has enough friends and like-minded people in other parts of the world. However, Lavrov also made it clear that Russia is ready to restore relations with the EU when the "russophobic madness" there is over, sobriety sets in and governments reflect on mutually beneficial partnerships. "There will be no problems from our side then," he said. Lavrov saw Moscow's relations with Washington in a "highly deplorable state". Normal relations between two nuclear powers would be desirable and useful. "However, given Washington's openly hostile actions, it is not possible to continue as usual." Therefore, the principle of "peaceful coexistence" from the Cold War era will be applied in Moscow's further plans.
The Russian military invaded Ukraine on February 24 with instructions to "denazify and demilitarize" the country, as Moscow put it. Because of this war of aggression, which has so far claimed tens of thousands of lives, the US, the EU and a number of Western countries have imposed sanctions on Russia. Ukraine also receives military support in the form of weapons and ammunition from the West.