If our interests - our legitimate interests, the interests of Russians - have been attacked directly, like they were in South Ossetia, for example, I do not see any other way but to respond in accordance with international law.

Sergei Lavrov

Sergei Lavrov

Profession: Politician
Nationality: Russian

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Iran will be the most checked and inspected country if the principles agreed in Lausanne are transferred into the language of practical agreements.

Historical experience shows that a crisis causes either a recovery or catastrophic consequences.

We are not wedded to anyone in Syria. We are not concerned with any personality. We are concerned with keeping Syria in one piece, territorially integral, sovereign, independent and secular, where the rights of all groups, ethnic and others, are fully respected.

Russia would prefer to rebuild trust rather than allow it to further corrode. That's why, in July 2007, President Putin, in the spirit of strategic openness, proposed a truly collective effort at missile defense for Europe.

You either deny terrorists any acceptance in the international life, or you make your double standard policy work the way it has been working - 'I don't like that guy in this country, so we will be calling him a dictator and topple him. This guy in another country also dictatorial, but he's our dictator.'

Every country has its political face and political traditions.

Attempts to put pressure on Russia and to compel it to abandon its values, truth and justice have no prospects whatsoever.

Shouldn't the General Assembly adopt a declaration on the inadmissibility of interference into domestic affairs of sovereign states and nonrecognition of coup d'etats as a method of the change of power?

We are categorically against any new military nuclear power, be it Iran, be it North Korea, be it anyone.

When you buy a company at an auction, and you are committing yourself to pay some $300 million to the state because it was a privatization deal, and you don't pay it, is it OK? Isn't it something that deserves court procedures?

You know that we are not in the regime-change game. We are against interference in domestic conflicts.

I can only say that I have good personal relations with all secretaries of state with whom I have a chance to work.

Crimea was not a non-nuclear zone in an international law sense but was part of Ukraine, a state which doesn't possess nuclear arms.

I don't think you can perpetrate war crimes with defensive weapons, with air defense systems.