Russia’s Diplomat Accuses West of Hypocrisy

by Jan Frazier

Washington, D.C. (Washington Insider Magazine) –  On Sunday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov condemned the U.S. as well as the EU for attempting to mandate a world order according to their ideas and thoughts. In addition, the U.S. and the EU are trying to force China and Russia to follow the West’s desires.

The comments of Lavrov were written up in the daily newspaper of Russia called Kommersant, and it was written in English in the journal called Russia in Global Affairs.  This article happened just days after the meeting in Geneva between President Joe Biden and President Vladimir Putin. After the summit, there was hope of agreement and even an end to years of a crumbling alliance between Russia and the West.

Lavrov made it sound as if there was no hope for an alliance or of any kind of “new reality.” Lavrov said, “Without any false modesty, Washington and Brussels called themselves an anchor for democracy, peace, and security, as opposed to authoritarianism in all its forms. In particular, they proclaimed their intent to use sanctions to support democracy across the globe.”

A European Council held a summit last week in which heads of 27 states and governments “unanimously adopted unusually tough conclusions setting preconditions for Putin’s government before seeking the warming of diplomatic relations.” Lavrov’s article was published in the newspaper just days after this summit.

At the summit, Poland and the Baltic countries successfully rejected a recommendation by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron as they proposed a new strategy toward Moscow.

Lavrov continued to blast the European leaders as little more than “backup singers” for President Biden. He continued with comments saying that they were “handed their song sheets during meetings of the G7, at NATO headquarters and in Brussels prior to the Biden-Putin summit in Geneva.”

In addition, Lavrov complained that the U.S. officials advocated that there were new demands for Moscow. Also, Russia would have to come to terms with increased pressure, and this included more sanctions. Russia was going to be told that it had to comply.

Lavrov wrote, “The gist of their statements is that they are ready to normalize their relations with Moscow, but only after it changes the way it behaves. It is as if a choir has been pre-arranged to sing along with the lead vocalist.”


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