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Lavrov Compares the West’s Campaign to Hitler’s ‘Final Solution’

Jan. 18, 2023, 2022 (EIRNS)—In a hard-hitting press conference today, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov gave his annual sum-up of the year’s activity in the department. Lavrov used the opportunity to go through the background of the “special military operation,” looking at the policy of the West ever since the break-up of the Soviet Union. He characterized the policy of the West as similar to Hitler’s “Final Solution,” to eliminate Russians in the same way that Hitler wanted to eliminate the Jews. “Like Napoleon, who mobilized nearly all of Europe against the Russian Empire, and Hitler, who occupied the majority of European countries and hurled them at the Soviet Union, the United States has created a coalition of nearly all European member states of NATO and the EU and is using Ukraine to wage a proxy war against Russia with the old aim of finally solving the ‘Russian question,’ like Hitler, who sought a final solution to the ‘Jewish question,’ ” Lavrov said.

He remarked that all the other countries had submitted to the dictates of Washington, and that the EU subordinating itself to NATO was only one example of this.

“The signing of the Joint Declaration on EU-NATO Cooperation on January 10 was the high point of this process, something that has been in the making for several years. It states explicitly that the alliance and the EU’s goal is to use all political, economic and military means in the interests of the golden billion. This is exactly what it says: in the interests of the 1 billion residents of NATO and the EU countries. The rest of the world, to quote High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, is a ‘jungle’ that stifles progress in the ‘garden’ and must, therefore, be reformatted, adjusted to their needs and turned into new-style colonies in order to use new methods to ruthlessly pump out resources from them.”

Lavrov also explained that the U.S. is doing something similar with its Indo-Pacific policy. “In the so-called ‘Indo-Pacific region,’ the West is out to create bloc architecture against Russia and China. With this aim in view, they have consistently been destroying (although they prefer to keep quiet about this) the decades-old mechanisms and formats of cooperation created around ASEAN based on equality, consensus, and a balance of interests. Instead, they are putting together military blocs. A shining case in point is AUKUS, an Anglo-Saxon bloc in Asia, which includes the U.S., the U.K., and Australia). Japan is under pressure to join it as well. Prime Minister Kishida Fumio’s recent visit to Washington ended up confirming this course. Japan is militarizing again. As I understand it, Japan is bracing to alter the articles in its constitution that prevent it from doing this. The process is underway.”

He asserted that all the mechanisms that provided contact between Russia and the West have either been taken down or rendered useless.

At the same time, Lavrov underlined that the rest of the world was organizing in a different fashion to avoid this dictatorship.

“Countries are developing economically. Look at China and India (our strategic partners), Türkiye, Brazil, Argentina, Egypt and many African countries. Considering their immense natural resources, their development potential is enormous. New centers of economic growth are emerging. The West is trying to prevent this, in part, by exploiting the mechanisms created to service its interests within the globalization framework it created. The role of the dollar as a reserve currency is very important in this respect. This is why in our contacts through the SCO, BRICS, the CIS, and the EAEU, and in our cooperation with associations of Asia, Africa and Latin America, we are doing all we can to create new forms of interaction to avoid dependence on the West and its neocolonialist methods (that are now clear). President of Russia Vladimir Putin spoke about this frankly and clearly. These methods are used with the express purpose of robbing the rest of the world in these new conditions. In dealing with our reliable partners and friendly countries, we are developing forms of cooperation that will benefit all of us.”

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