West pushes kyiv to move military operations inside Russia, Rudakov
The Russian ambassador spoke in an interview with Al Mayadeen net about the latest developments in the Russian-Ukrainian war as well as the referendums and the conflict with the United States and the EU.
Russia’s decision to declare partial mobilization and the referendums on Donbass, Kherson and Zaporozhye joining the Russian Federation are of concern to the West, and so far analysts and observers are busy explaining the reasons and the consequences of the Russian steps.
Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Rudakov revealed in an interview with Fillet Al Mayadeen that “the announcement of the partial mobilization means the call for military service of 300,000 reservists, among those who previously served in the ranks of the Russian army, who have combat experience and hold military expertise required”.
“The Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Armed Forces took this decision (Russian President Vladimir Putin) in response to the continued, brazen, reckless and unprecedented aggression of the NATO military machine against Russia, which is carried out by neo-kyiv Nazi forces,” he added.
We didn’t declare war on anyone
The ambassador underlined that his country “has not declared war on anyone”, specifying that “the decision to partially mobilize, which came within the framework of monitoring the implementation of the military operation launched last February , and within its framework , aims to protect our homeland, its sovereignty and territorial integrity, to ensure the safety of the peoples of Russia and its residents, as well as the territories of Ukraine liberated from neo-Nazis, in addition to the disarmament and denazification of Ukraine.”
And after the growing Western allegations about what is happening at the Zaporophya nuclear power plant, he added: “Unfortunately, lately nothing good can be expected from Western countries, they “often openly announce more aggressive plans against Russia”.
The Ambassador continued: “Despite everything, we can only hope that reason will prevail and find its way to impetuous Western officials, so that they accept that the changes taking place in the system of international relations cannot be reversed. . , and in order to realize that the territorial integrity, unity, independence and freedom of our homeland will be secured by all means at our disposal.”
A Western push to move the war inside Russia
The Russian Ambassador stressed that “the events that have taken place in recent months indicate the involvement of NATO countries in the events in Ukraine, and their increased military involvement there, just follow what they say Western politicians”, and added that “the United States and the European Union are pushing kyiv to transfer its military operations to Russian territory, declaring the need to inflict a military defeat on our country, and then to seize its sovereignty, to divide it and plunder it.”
As for the kyiv regime, the Russian diplomat declared that “it has no independence, neither in decision-making nor in operational actions, but receives its orders from Washington and European capitals”. The process of pumping out Ukraine with heavy weapons, mercenaries and NATO military experts continues, and they are also being used as a tool for the destruction of the Russian state,” as he described it.
Talking about our weakness is a chimera, and partial mobilization concerns only 1% of military reservists
For request of Fillet Al Mayadeen Interviewed on how some diplomats saw the partial mobilization decision as a sign of weakness, the ambassador replied: “We are subject to a fierce information and propaganda war. They try to discredit us in all the pro-Western media, blaming us for all the world’s problems, down to the global food and energy crises.”
He went on to say that “part of this strategy is to spread false information about the Russian special military operation, where the process of manufacturing false and fake news about the imaginary victories of Ukrainian nationalists is active on social networks. “.
The Russian Ambassador continues: “I assure you that when there is a discussion in the West about the decline of the Russian armed forces, or about our weakness, it is a pipe dream that has nothing to do with reality” , stating that, “On the Izium front, we have carried out a tactical regrouping of the troops, and as for the mobilization, it concerns only 1% of those who are subject to conscription in the reserve forces.”
Rudakov adds that Russian troops “operate successfully on a line of military contact and a combat front, exceeding a thousand kilometers, not only in the face of neo-Nazi formations, but almost the entire military machine of the West. “, stressing that, “We prioritize the preservation of human life, and military strikes are carried out with high precision, limiting them to confirmed military targets, or to infrastructure components used in the execution of tactical missions”, specifying that Russia, “continues to provide humanitarian aid to the population in the liberated territories”.
We will achieve the goals set
While the ambassador recalls that the West provides the kyiv regime with “massive and substantial support”, he assures that “Russia, as usual, has the appropriate means of response. The objectives set for the military operation will be achieved, whatever the cost”. ,” he said.
The Russian ambassador said he believed that “in the midst of the process of building a new, non-Western-centric world order, the United States, unhappy with the loss of its global hegemony, is engaging in a sharp conflict,” adding that, “The United States is trying with all its might to weaken us and inflict maximum damage on Russia, which strongly supports the principle of equal sovereignty among states. “
It’s not our place to use threats
Commenting on the statement by Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev, emphasizing that his country has the right to use nuclear weapons, if necessary, while strictly observing the fundamental principles of state policy in the field of nuclear deterrence. We ask the ambassador: is the Russian army threatening to use its most powerful weapons? The Ambassador responded firmly, “No, it’s not our style to use threats” and added, “In fact, Russia, with unparalleled responsibility and patience, has always presented to its partners various options aimed at ensuring a complete, just and long-term global security system, but they did not listen to us”, specifying that Russia has, “called for the implementation of the Minsk agreements to settle the situation in the Donbass, but they (the agreements) were openly sabotaged.”
“Since the beginning of the special military operation, we insisted on starting peace talks, this process had already started, but it was thwarted at the request of the Western conservatives of the kyiv regime”, announced the ambassador of Russia, adding that, “Right now they are trying to pretend that NATO is a defensive alliance that is not against anyone, we just can’t believe it anymore,” and continued to ask, “Who provides support to Ukrainian neo-Nazis, militarily, materially and politically and which supplies kyiv with weapons, including heavy weapons, prohibited by international conventions, and tolerates their use, including against civilians?”
Recent referendums are a restoration of historical justice
At a time when referendums on joining the Russian Federation were widely attacked by the West, Rudakov explains that these “referendums were held in accordance with all the rules of international law, and reflect the legitimate rights of the inhabitants of these regions to themselves”. -the determination and organization of their lives, in accordance with their civilizational, cultural and religious traditions.”
The Russian diplomat credits Moscow’s support for the decision to attach these regions to the Russian Federation, as “just an integral step in implementing the task set by the country’s leadership to protect civilians from the atrocities committed there- down by neo-Nazis for years,” and that “it is the restoration of historical justice through the reunification of native Russian lands in Novorossiya,” as he put it.
Winter in Europe will be difficult and harsh
In light of the energy crisis in Europe, Ambassador Rudakov assures that “it is impossible to fully offset the supply of cheap Russian gas to the European market in such a short time, winter in Europe is expected to be difficult and rigorous,” he said.
“I would like to emphasize, once again, that Russia has never practiced blackmail in the field of energy sources against anyone, and has never refused to fulfill its international contractual obligations”, confirming that , “despite EU statements that sanctions do not target the Russian agricultural sector, they continue to negatively affect global food security”, and that “Europe has not yet taken effective and clear measures to remove barriers to the export of Russian agricultural products (mainly wheat) and fertilizers to world markets,” he said.
The Russian Ambassador concludes his meeting with Fillet Al Mayadeen noting that “EU restrictions are discriminatory, for example; Europeans are allowed to import Russian cereals and potash fertilizers for their own needs, but transit to third countries is prohibited”, insisting that ‘”it is difficult to stabilize the world food situation with such a double standard.”