Overcoming the current geopolitical situation will make Russia stronger and able to defend itself even better in any situation”. Words by Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, who in a television interview assured that he was “unequivocally in favor of peace ” and underlined that “those who want peace must be ready to protect themselves rather than prepare for war”. This was reported by Tass.
Lavrov then declared that Russia has not presented any request for assistance in the special military operation in Ukraine to the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO, a military alliance created on May 15, 1992 by six nations belonging to the Commonwealth of independent).
Responding to a question about Article 4 of the Collective Security Treaty – which stipulates that in the event of an act of aggression against a member state, all other members of the bloc must immediately provide it with assistance, including through military means, at its request – Lavrov specified that “we have not turned to any of them with such a request”. “Let’s start from the fact that we have everything necessary to solve the special military operation and end that war that the West started through the Ukrainian regime already after the coup,” he said.