Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shoukry, stressed the necessity of preserving the unity, integrity and sovereignty of the Syrian lands, and resolving the crisis there politically.
Lavrov said during a press conference with his counterpart, Shoukry, in Moscow: “During our discussions, we focused on the importance of preserving the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Syria, and respecting the rights of its citizens to determine their own destiny and the fate of their state,” noting that Russia stems from the need to intensify the work of the League of Arab States. Especially after the crisis in Syria.
On the other hand, Lavrov indicated that he had received a specific message from US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken through his Egyptian counterpart, saying: “We assess the balanced and responsible position of Egypt, as my counterpart presented a message from Blinken in Cairo, and we have always spoken that Russia is ready for any serious proposals.” It aims to settle the entire current situation in its comprehensive context, covering all aspects of the issue.”
Lavrov continued, "We heard again from the Egyptian Foreign Minister during the letter that Russia must stop what it is doing, which will lead to the success of the work, but these calls are the only ones that Blinken made."
Lavrov added, “The real interest of the United States and the West was stated by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, when he said that Russia must be defeated and that the West does not allow Ukraine to lose and be defeated, given that this means that Europe is defeated, which means that (NATO) will carry out its full responsibility in this field.”
Lavrov said: “The conversation here does not revolve around Ukraine or the Kyiv regime, which does not enjoy any independence and is subject to American dictates. Ukraine.”
On the same issue, Lavrov pointed to the increase in attempts to threaten Russia's security by continuing to supply Ukraine with offensive weapons, but the Russian armed forces monitor this and prevent the achievement of the West's goals in Ukraine, stressing that "the way to peace will not be through supplying Ukraine with weapons, nor will We allow the Kyiv regime to pursue discriminatory policies.”
Regarding the Iranian file, Lavrov expressed Moscow's concern about the attack on Iran, describing the West's path to destroy the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear program as a "grave mistake", because it took an explicit path to destroy and undermine this important document that was unanimously ratified by the UN Security Council, pointing out He pointed out that the United States must return to its awareness and make clear and serious attempts to revive this plan, especially since the West has begun to take irrational steps.
Lavrov indicated that the Iranian nuclear institutions were subjected to strict inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency, and denied any non-peaceful uses of nuclear energy, but the West deals with them aggressively and infringes on the powers of the United Nations Security Council instead of implementing its decisions.
With regard to the statements of US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken that Washington is studying, among other things, military options to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, Lavrov stressed that the West's actions mean only one thing, which is that they prefer to ignore UN Security Council resolutions, and move to aggressive actions including This includes the use of military force, instead of implementing the decisions of the United Nations High Commission.
On the bilateral relations between Russia and Egypt, Lavrov stressed that the relations are close between the two countries and work is underway to develop them, explaining that the volume of trade exchange rose last year to $6 billion, and there are bilateral investment projects, including the establishment of a nuclear power plant in Egypt, and work is underway to enhance cooperation. In other areas, including culture, education, industry, energy and the supply of Russian wheat to Egypt.
For his part, the Egyptian Foreign Minister said that he discussed with his counterpart Lavrov the situation in Syria and the need to preserve its territorial integrity and sovereignty, and not to interfere in the Syrian affairs.
Regarding the American message to Russia, Shoukry pointed out that Egypt, in all its contacts related to the Ukrainian crisis, proposes negotiations that lead to results in ending the military conflict, in a way that meets the interests of all parties, and that it will follow developments within the framework of bilateral relations and relations with international partners, and will continue to seek diplomatic solutions to this crisis. .
Shoukry noted the depth of the historical bilateral relations between the two countries, which are based on a stable and solid ground of mutual respect, pointing out that work is underway to finalize bilateral projects, which will bear fruit and consolidate these relations.
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