We have been getting out of the situation where we found ourselves in the early '90s, when the Soviet Union disappeared and the Russian Federation became what it is - you know, with no borders, with no budget, no money, and with huge problems starting with lack of food and so on and so forth.

Sergei Lavrov

Sergei Lavrov

Profession: Politician
Nationality: Russian

Some suggestions for you :

For years, we have been asking the E.U. to create something similar to the Russia-NATO council. Not in order to simply exchange opinions and work out recommendations, but to make decisions.

Syria is a multi-confessional state: in addition to Sunni and Shia Muslims, there are Alawites, Orthodox and other Christian confessions, Druzes, and Kurds.

Saddam Hussein was the one person after whom the United States went, and they ruined the country.

The Americans have taken the course of confrontation and do not assess their own steps critically at all.

The Russian Federation and the United States of America, the two biggest nuclear powers in the world, but apart from nuclear-wise, we have a lot in common. We have huge territories, natural resources, technologies, science, education, and of course human capital.

All our security now depends on the wise decisions and cooperation of our leaders.

We keep our reserves both in dollars and in Euros mostly.

I don't believe in ideology in international relations.

Russia has done more than any other country to support the independent Ukrainian state, including for many years subsidising its economy through low energy prices.

Russia has every reason to dispose of its nuclear arsenal... to suit its interests and international legal obligations.

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

Russia has been entirely proportionate in its military response to Georgia's attack on Russian citizens and peacekeepers.

The E.U.'s Eastern Partnership programme is designed to bind the so-called focus states tightly to itself, shutting down the possibility of co-operation with Russia.

Russia and the U.S. bear a special responsibility in world affairs. We have much to offer the rest of the world. Our common history testifies to this, and modern challenges demand that we work together.