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Russia: Lavrov calls out ‘Western statesman’ for Yemen hypocrisy 03:29

Russia: Lavrov calls out ‘Western statesman’ for Yemen hypocrisy

Russian Federation, Yekaterinburg
August 15, 2016 at 10:36 GMT -00:00 · Published

The Foreign Minister of Russia Sergei Lavrov stated that Europe has an ever growing awareness of "lack of alternatives to normalising relations" with Russia, while speaking alongside his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier at a meeting with students at Urals Federal University in Yekaterinburg on Monday.

During his speech, Lavrov noted that "the humanitarian crisis in Syria occupies a central place in the political rhetoric of Western statesmen, while the humanitarian situation in Yemen is carefully overlooked."

Russia's top diplomat then went on to emphasise that the European public and politicians admit that the shutting down the NATO-Russia Council, and the freezing of all the key mechanisms of cooperation between Russian and the European Union had been a mistake.

"And now this mistake is repeated again. The NATO-Russia Council is frozen. The fact that a couple of ambassadorial meetings were held does not change anything. NATO does not want to discuss the restoration of relations" added Lavrov.

Russia: Lavrov calls out ‘Western statesman’ for Yemen hypocrisy 03:29
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The Foreign Minister of Russia Sergei Lavrov stated that Europe has an ever growing awareness of "lack of alternatives to normalising relations" with Russia, while speaking alongside his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier at a meeting with students at Urals Federal University in Yekaterinburg on Monday.

During his speech, Lavrov noted that "the humanitarian crisis in Syria occupies a central place in the political rhetoric of Western statesmen, while the humanitarian situation in Yemen is carefully overlooked."

Russia's top diplomat then went on to emphasise that the European public and politicians admit that the shutting down the NATO-Russia Council, and the freezing of all the key mechanisms of cooperation between Russian and the European Union had been a mistake.

"And now this mistake is repeated again. The NATO-Russia Council is frozen. The fact that a couple of ambassadorial meetings were held does not change anything. NATO does not want to discuss the restoration of relations" added Lavrov.

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