The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov
In the future, Russia relies only on its own forces and aims to create a self-sufficient economy, said the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov in an interview with the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter. The text of the interview published on the Russian MFA website.
On the question whether the hopes for an early lifting of sanctions, the Minister said that “we now hope only for themselves”.
“We hope now only on ourselves, we have to do everything. Thank God, the Lord and our ancestors left a country that is self-sufficient. Now we will work so that in all circumstances, not to feel no need for that until recently, we have purchased only abroad. Again, it is our strategic course,” said Lavrov.
According to him, this course does not imply a desire for isolation or autarky. “If and when our Western partners will decide to go back to normal behavior, then this will be additional opportunities for growth and development cooperation. But all basic things now we will rely only on itself,” the Minister said.
“About the fact that our foreign policy will now be different, it is, of course, will be different, because business as usual is absolutely impossible. It is impossible because this business is “as usual”, as understood in the West, the EU and NATO, meant only one thing: that we all should and must, above all, to become like them. If in the West the relation to human rights evolyutsioniruet in the direction of the universal connivance and permissiveness, they are not interested in what it contradicts fundamental bases of our culture, which is based on Orthodox religion — Christianity. This is just one example and there are many such examples,” — said Lavrov.