MINSK, 1 July (BelTA) - Even in the most dramatic historical period Russia did not break off relations with the West, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said as he addressed Belarusian students in Minsk on 1 July, BelTA has learned.
"Even in the most dramatic historical period we did not break off relations with the West," Sergey Lavrov said.
The minister recalled that Russia was constructive during the armed conflict in Georgia in 2008, with Ukraine as it failed to implement the Minsk agreements. The West played a significant role in all these events, he said. "We are not turning our backs on anyone. They've turned away. Laws of physics come to mind: if your efforts do not pay off in one place, you redirect your energy elsewhere. We will not be running begging them for help. They really need to regain their senses," the minister added.