Vladimir Putin is losing support everyday as a Kremlin insider has blasted Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergie Lavrov as a “disgrace.”
Lavrov has been accused of being Putin’s “choreographer” for the Kremlin in an attempt to try and keep the regime afloat.
The former Russian Foreign Minister, Andrei Kozyrev who promoted Lavrov launched a blistering attack on him.
Kozyrev who served under Boris Yeltsin once called Lavrov his “friend” but he is now calling the Foreign Minister a “disgrace.”
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Kozyrev was asked on ‘The Economist Asks’ podcast over his reaction to the Russia’s war in Ukraine.
Speaking of Lavrov he said, “He was and still is a very good diplomat. And he was my friend, and he shared my views.
“Otherwise, I would not promote him to be my deputy. We worked together for years.
“But it is very painful to see that by now, he went so much down. He is a nobody.
“He is just performing a dance for an orchestra or a choreographer who is there in the Kremlin.
“It is a disgrace. It is very painful for me because he was my friend.”
He was then asked what he thinks is motivating Lavrov to help keep Putin’s regime afloat.
Kozyrev replied: “I don’t know. Probably he thinks he is a prominent figure.
“By the way, I think it is a mistake that Western diplomacy and Western countries boost that feeling of importance.
“This parade of Western leaders, telephone calls, that is what he wants.
“That is exactly one of the reasons he uses brutal force – to be king of the world.”
He then warned that any western diplomacy with Russia will mean nothing if it is not backed up by concrete action.
He said, “I was a diplomat for many years during the Cold War and then when I was Foreign Minister, and I know one thing about diplomacy.
“Diplomacy becomes empty words if it is not backed by results – it could be economic results, military results, it could be goodwill results.”
He added, “If it is not backed by those forces, then words become empty and this talk with Putin…
“Stop lecturing him about his interests. They lecture him about the interests of Russia, but he has not been representing the interests of Russia for a long time already.
“He is representing the interests of his regime. Of him to stay in power.”