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30 June 2022, 13:43

Lavrov: Russia is ready for dialogue with the West

Sergey Lavrov
Sergey Lavrov

MINSK, 30 June (BelTA) - Russia is ready for dialogue with the West, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told the media after his meeting with Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko in Minsk on 30 June, BelTA has learned.

During the talks with the Belarusian leader, the Russian foreign minister said that there were more sober-minded people in Europe who were starting to think about the need to restore relations with Russia and pan-European cooperation. "I do not know what kind of cooperation they mean. In the current situation it is hard to imagine this cooperation. But it is a fact that it is impossible to build security in Europe without you and us, and this is what many of them are starting to realize,” he said.

The journalists asked the Russian foreign minister whether the West would eventually be ready for dialogue. “In such Russophobic hysteria there are sensible voices that call for taking into account the fact that one day we all will have to return to dialogue and cooperation,” he said. “We are ready for that. But we will know the price of the obligations the West takes upon itself, and we will take into account the sad experience of total deceptions that we have had in the field of European security over the last 30 years. We will be ready for dialogue, and we will listen to what the West has to offer,” he added.

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