Washington is taking actions that threaten Russia's national interests. Moscow will no longer adhere to the policy of "strategic patience", recognizing that fundamental changes have taken place in relations between the two countries, reports RIA News statement by Sergey Lavrov.
The basis of the American policy towards the Russian Federation is “aggressive Russophobia”. “It’s not just rhetorical Russophobia, but concrete action by the United States. These steps affect Russian national interests and threaten security, ”said the Russian Foreign Minister.
Among such steps is “the approach of NATO to the borders of Russia and its allies, in particular, the deployment of heavy weapons, as well as sanctions, which should be considered a manifestation of hostile actions,” he said.
Moscow has long tolerated unilateral actions by Washington aimed at aggravating relations with Moscow, which began to manifest themselves long before the Ukrainian crisis. “But now it’s time to recognize that fundamental changes have taken place in the relations of the two countries,” the minister said.
In his opinion, America’s behavior is due, incl. and the fact that Washington is gradually aware of the end of its power.
Russian President Vladimir Putin in this situation behaves correctly. “I can’t remember a single time when Russian President Putin somehow disrespectfully spoke of any of his colleagues, whatever that colleague would do in regard to the Russian Federation and say,” Lavrov noted. However, in the West it has become the norm to “speak out about the Russian president in the style of“ who will surpass someone. ”
Of course, one of the main reasons for the cooling of relations between countries are differences on the Syrian issue.
“In the United States there are many groups with different views on how the situation should develop in Syria. Some are in favor of stabilization, others are against it. Therefore, the entire US position consists of patches, ”said the Foreign Minister.
“The reason for withdrawing from the agreements with Russia on Syria in Washington is abstract. The real reason lies in the fact that the United States has not fulfilled its obligations to withdraw the opposition. While the Syrian government troops retreated, their positions immediately occupied the opposition. At the same time, Washington announced that Moscow allegedly did not want to stop the fighting from which civilians suffer, ”he explained and added that Russia was used to it, and therefore continues to work.
Lavrov: fundamental changes have occurred in relations between the United States and the Russian Federation
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