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France: Lavrov jokes that Russia ‘will resolve’ 2020 US elections

0 12.11.2019 Инфо

M/S Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at at Paris Peace Forum
SOT, Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister: "We got used to being interested in everything which is going on on Earth - the Salisbury poisoning, Brexit, Catalonia. Recently we were mentioned as the ones who meddle in the situation in Chile, that's why APEC summit was cancelled. And I was wondering why we are not mentioned in relation to the developments in Iraq, in Lebanon, and now in Bolivia. Somehow we have not been accused of the coup in Bolivia, and this is strange. Something is happening in the minds of those who normally create geopolitical agenda."
W/S Lavrov at forum
SOT, moderator: "So I wonder, the presidential elections are coming up [in the United States] in 2020, so how is Russia getting ready for that?"
SOT, Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister: "We will resolve the problem, don't worry."
W/S Lavrov at forum
SOT, Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister: "The 'Operation Peace Spring' was not endorsed by Russia, it was endorsed by the United States, if you are accurate with the facts. They tried to negotiate with Turkey, and then they said, 'Ok, we cannot reach the deal, so Kurds, you are on your own. We are leaving'. Then after they left the Kurds and left Syria, they said 'Ok, we don't have any more obligations in front of the Kurds, but we are coming back for oil'. Not for the Kurds. It is an interesting zigzaging, you know, in foreign policy and back to Churchill - about the United States always doing it right after they tried everything else. The Kurds in Syria must have a place in the political dialogue. But the Kurds in Syria must be consistent. In the beginning of the conflict they decided that they can go unilateral with the support of the United States, when they declared the creation of the Federation of Rojava and they saw that they would be always supported by the United States in this separatist movement - this was their decision. We were trying to explain to them and to the government that it is important to start some dialogue between Damascus authorities and the Kurds. The Kurds were not interested. They believed that they would be always covered by the United States. When the United States made this twist, the Kurds started asking us to help to start a dialogue with the government, which we were ready to do. But then, as the Americans said, 'We are coming back to control the oil fields', they again lost interest in this dialogue. So they need some consistency. And I have no doubt that at the end of the day the solution of the Syrian crisis can only be with the interests taken into account of the Kurds and all other ethnic and confessional groups in Syria."
M/S Event finishing
SCRIPT
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov poked fun at the ongoing political situation in the US by joking about election meddling, speaking in the Paris Peace Forum in the French capital on Tuesday.
When asked about how Russia was getting ready for the 2020 US elections, Lavrov said that Moscow “will resolve the problem, don't worry," eliciting a laugh from the audience.
Russia’s top diplomat also jokingly asked how come the Kremlin hadn’t already been blamed for the current events in Bolivia.
“Somehow we have not been accused of the coup in Bolivia, and this is strange. Something is happening in the minds of those who normally create geopolitical agenda," he joked.
Going on to discuss the Syrian crisis, Lavrov urged the Kurds to start negotiations with Damascus.
The foreign minister said that the Kurds had put too much trust in Washington and ignored Moscow’s calls to establish dialogue with the Syrian government.
“They believed that they would be always covered by the United States. When the United States made this twist, the Kurds started asking us to help to start a dialogue with the government, which we were ready to do.”
“But then, as the Americans said 'We are coming back to control the oil fields', they again lost interest in this dialogue. So they need some consistency,” concluded Lavrov.
The second edition of the Paris Peace Forum takes place on November 11–13 and gathers together some of thirty heads of state and governments.