Lavrov recalled that during the crisis of 1962 the leaders of the USA and The USSR “showed responsibility and wisdom,” reaching an agreement to remove Soviet missiles from Cuba in exchange for removing American missiles from Turkey. However, “now we see no such will” on the part of Washington and its allies.
The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, has explained the similarities and differences between the Cuban missile crisis, which took place in October 1962, and the current situation around Ukraine.
In an interview for the documentary ‘A world to the edge of the abyss Lessons from the Caribbean crisis’, which premiered this Sunday on Russian television, the foreign minister stated that both then and now there are “direct threats to Russia’s security right on its borders”.
Apart from “a military campaign to bombard” Ukraine “with all kinds of weapons”, “there is serious talk to strengthen NATO’s nuclear capabilities” , he explained, specifying that in addition to the five countries that store US nuclear weapons On its territory (Italy, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Turkey), Poland wants to join this nuclear distribution program. “This situation is very worrying,” he pointed out.
According to the chancellor, currently these ” threats” are “closer” to the situation of the American Jupiter missiles deployed in Turkey and Italy at the end of the decade 1950, which contributed to the Soviet decision to place their own in Cuba.
Moscow “has never refused and will never refuse to talk”
Regarding the differences, Lavrov indicated that during the serious crisis of 1962 US President John F. Kennedy and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev “found the strength to show responsibility and wisdom”,
arriving to an agreement to remove Soviet missiles from Cuba in exchange for removing American ones s of Turkey. However, “now we do not see such will” on the part of Washington and its allies, he lamented, pointing out that the last peace talks in March in Istanbul “were spoiled by direct order” of the North American country. )
Moscow, for its part, “has never refused and will never refuse to dialogue” and “is always ready to listen to its Western colleagues,” assured the head of Russian diplomacy.
“If we are presented with realistic proposals, based on the principles of equality and mutual respect of interests, aimed at finding compromises and balancing the interests of all the countries in this region, we will act,” he asserted.
However, he warned:
Instead, both Washington and NATO and the European Union (EU) “continue to speak of the need to defeat Russia on the battlefield.” According to the Russian foreign minister, behind this “is the absolute inability of the US to give up its desire to rule everyone and everything.” Washington seeks to “deindustrialize” and “militarily weaken” the European continent,
to force Ukraine to pump weapons in exchange for filling the deposits arms from EU countries with US supplies,” he said.
“There is a combination of purely selfish economic calculations and ideological superiority complexes,” he stressed.
At the same time, Lavrov referred to Western politicians who “try to play with the issue of nuclear weapons quite irresponsibly” According to the Russian diplomat, this is because they “have no memory” of the World War II.
“A significant number of our citizens come from families who in one way or another participated in the Great Patriotic War, suffered, lost their loved ones,” he said , adding that this memory “distinguishes us from those who begin to deal with the issue of nuclear weapons at the light”.