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Written by Nina Jobe

November 22, 2009 at 3:57 PM

Interview with Sergei Lavrov

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Russia Today has an interview with Sergei Lavrov.  There is no date on this, but it appears to be recent.  I am pretty impressed because Sergei Viktorovich does seem to know what he is talking about, and for the most part is being pretty honest.  For example, he says:

You know political exchanges probably have the right to exist. But we don’t want to build our whole foreign policy on the basis of exchanges. We want something else. We want all of our partners to respect our interests and consider these interests when taking actions. We in turn are open to treat our partners’ interests the same way. Of course this means that those interests should be legitimate, that they have to be realized by transparent and open methods, without double standards.

At the same time, however, he is pretty much repeating what has been said before, and sticking to Putin’s lines.  Because of that I am not sure how valuable this interview is.

The interview itself is 35 minutes long, but it is worth watching at least some of it, just to get an idea of Sergei Viktorovich’s persona.  In addition, there is some more personal information that relates to the biographies.  When asked how he finds time to write poetry, and pursue his other hobbies, Lavrov replied that he does not have the time, and has not actually written any poetry in the past five years.  Note that Lavrov has been Foreign Minister for about 5 and a half years.

Lavrov has also promised to continue with these interviews, so if you have any questions (which I do) be sure and post them to RT.

Written by Nina Jobe

October 23, 2009 at 12:30 PM