| "Such developments could have been avoided.
However, we failed in this task. Unfortunately, it is highly likely
that the military operation will lead to a considerable number of
victims on both sides, including civilian sufferings and deaths.
Owing to this development in the conflict, Russia must seek to achieve
First of all: to reduce the number of victims, by trying to ensure
a termination of the war as soon as possible. Secondly the conflict
will end and the situation will revert to a legal framework. This
happened several times after the Second World War and the formation
of the UN. Our country should preserve its strategic partnership
with Europe and the USA.
Finally the third objective. Russia can play a leading role in
the development of proposals aimed at preventing such a situation
in future. There are many dictatorships in the world that are
trying to obtain weapons of mass destruction. And it is impossible
to start war every time to ensure their disarmament.
We should do all we can to formulate such initiatives and ensure
that Russia submits them to the UN Security Council as soon as