Russian FM Lavrov’s statement elicits several questions.
- If Russia will no longer participate in Russia-NATO Council meetings, what constitutes “military level” talks it says it will participate in?
- Does this mean that diplomacy is no longer an option for Russia?
- If this is the case, does the Open-Skies program still function?
- Does this mean that Russia will return Ukrainian sailors held hostage, since Russia no longer is considering diplomatic negotiations?
- What document, policy, or law is Russia citing that differentiates between military, diplomatic, economic, or information meetings?
A separate question: Is Lavrov just woofing?
Russia is performing their classic spaghetti maneuver, trying to find a policy or doctrine that sticks.
Monday, April 22, 2019 12:00:42 PM
The Foreign Minister of Russia, Sergey Lavrov, in an interview with the program Main subjects with Olga Belova on the TV channel Star, announced that Russia no longer intends to attend Russia-NATO Council meetings, and will participate only at the military level.
He noted that “if Washington wants serious talks, it is necessary to assemble a Russia-NATO Council at the military level”.
According to Sergey Lavrov, this is decision is based on the fact that Moscow is no longer going to “listen to the United States lectures” regarding Ukraine and other issues.
“Russia leads normal individual conversations with each European country, but it experiences problems in a dialogue with NATO. The United States has adopted a model of convening Russia-NATO Council meetings solely to give us lectures on Ukraine and some other issues, to criticize us for alleged violation and disintegration of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. We will no longer attend such meetings.”