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Lavrov: Expect ‘larger-scale provocations’ by the West

At what point do the people of US, UK and EU, start to reign-in their governments’ aggressive war machines?

Remember back in 2016 when German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that, “anyone who thinks you can increase security in the alliance with symbolic parades of tanks near the eastern borders, is mistaken.” He was referring to NATO’s overt policy of provoking Russia – something which US neocons and war hawks have been actively fomenting now since 2013.

Der Spiegel reported how Breedlove shocked German leaders by claiming that pro-Russian separatists had “upped the ante” in eastern Ukraine with “well over a thousand combat vehicles, Russian combat forces, some of the most sophisticated air defense, battalions of artillery” sent to Donbass in Eastern Ukraine. As it turned out, Breedlove was lying – no such Russian deployment  took place, but the job was done. The fear was injected into the EU political system, and amplified by a corrupt mainstream media.

At what point does this situation become critical?

RT International reports…

Western provocation, the prospect of WWIII, and China’s closer stance with Russia are just some of the topics that Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has spoken about with RT France.

“We will be ready for larger-scale provocations too. But our answer is very simple – if they talk to us through the media, we will respond through the media too, but specifically and in a correct manner,” Lavrov said, answering questions from RT France, Paris Match and Le Figaro.

Going further, he said a third world war is an unimaginable scenario, noting that “everybody would be sane enough not to let it happen.” However, an aggravating factor is the absence of any dialogue between the Russian military and NATO.

Tensions are still high between the two, Lavrov said, citing the recent mid-air incident in which a Spanish fighter jet accidentally released an air-to-air missile during a training mission in Estonian skies. “Thank God, there were no casualties, but what if it would have landed on Russian soil? Everything is so close there.”

It all comes as the US is updating its nuclear doctrine, the top diplomat stated.

They’re creating low-power nuclear weapons with a clear intent to potentially use them in combat.

The toxic political climate in European capitals and Washington makes mending ties extremely hard, Lavrov added. While the European Commission remains “trapped” by countries opposing reconciliation with Russia, the American elites are also fueling tensions. “I think it’s silly to remain hostages to the whim of American lawmakers,” he said.

While the West continues to slap Moscow with sanctions and trade cuts, Russia’s relations with Beijing and other Asian powers are on the rise. “We needed to compensate for the low level of economic cooperation with Europe,” the foreign minister explained. “And we saw growing opportunities for that in China, India, Japan, Korea.”

China, after all, is Russia’s major international partner, he noted.

We never had such relationships with China, like we have now.

Previously, Lavrov lashed out at the West while addressing the UN General Assembly. Some Western powers try to preserve their “self-proclaimed status as world leaders” and have no qualms about putting pressure on others, he said at the time.

Although he did not list the countries, he said they use “political blackmail, economic pressure and brute force.” The world now “has to pay a high price for these selfish ambitions by a tiny group of countries,” according to Lavrov.

Urging the world community to prefer dialogue over pressure, he suggested: “Colonial-era diktat and coercion should be sent into the archive or the dustbin of history.”

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