Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, did not say what is in the headline. But, maintaining the logic of his statement below, it would be permissible.
Let’s give a few examples of his twisted logic applied to Russia.
Using his logic:
- Ukraine is allowed to seize land in the Rostov and Volgograd Oblasts.
- Ukraine is allowed to seize three boats from the Sevastopol-based Black Sea Fleet by ramming them first and shooting at them with missiles.\
- Ukraine is allowed to seize and hold hostage 24 Russian sailors
- Ukraine is allowed to seize Sochi until Crimea is exchanged.
- Georgia is allowed to seize land in the Krasnodar Krai from Russia.
- Georgia is allowed to seize land in the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania.
- NATO is allowed to place up to 3,000 tanks in Ukraine near the Russian border and also claim them to be “volunteers and people on vacation”.
- Any Russian visiting the West is allowed to be held hostage for an indeterminate amount of time on fabricated charges. Any talk of release is “too soon”.
- The West will never attack Russia. The problem with this statement is that we mean it.
That is just the start of a list showing how ridiculous Lavrov’s threat to the West really is.
Notice, please, Lavrov is clearly saying the words I predicted: “We have no choice“. This does not indicate a Russia attack, it is just a Russian Diplomat recycling tired old phrases which are used far too often.
“It is not our choice, but the EU capitals have to understand the threat to the security of the Europeans themselves”, Russian Foreign Minister noted
MOSCOW, December 30. /TASS/. Russia will provide a tit-for-tat response in case of placement of US missiles banned by the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) in Europe, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated in an interview with the Rossiya-1 channel, published on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website.
“Unfortunately, our European colleagues, whose independence we wish to be reflected in their actions, are not very ready for it and follow the US even when it goes directly against their interests,” Lavrov said. “An example: voting against the Russian resolution in support of maintaining the INF treaty.”
“We have heard the largest amount of concerns over the US’ unilateral exit from this Treaty in Europe,” the minister noted. “However, the entire EU has voted against our offer, that is, basically, in favor of the INF Treaty ceasing to exist and in favor of the recurring threat of placement of US missiles in Europe banned under this Treaty”.
“The next step, of course, would be the Russian Federation’s tit-for-tat response”, the Russian top diplomat stressed. “It is not our choice, but the EU capitals have to understand the threat to the security of the Europeans themselves”.
According to Lavrov, the EU countries’ decision to vote against Russia’s resolution can only be explained by “a misinterpreted solidarity”.