Russia rejects U.S. impositions in bilateral talks
Supporters of a hard line in the Moscow-Washington ties only want it to get worse and recently, once again, they imposed new sanctions or are preparing to implement them, he said.
They impose restrictions for almost the same thing on several occasions, including the decision by Crimean citizens in 2014 to join Russia, as those who came to power with a coup promised to eliminate the Crimean Russians, Lavrov recalled.
The Russian Minister denounced that for that reason sanctions are being put in force against his country, to punish those who made that choice. That is regrettable, he added in statements to Asian TV stations.
Lavrov reiterated Russia's willingness to talk to the United States on the basis of the principles of equality and mutual benefit, rather than under the concept of a master-student relationship, the Head of Russian Diplomacy said.
Those who, from Washington, are now trying to impose a policy on relations with Russia to avoid the fulfillment of Donald Trump's electoral promise, that is, to improve ties with Moscow, are only looking for worsening those ties, said the Russian Minister.
The diplomat denounced that the complicit silence of the U.S. State Department officials led to irreparable damage in the sphere of stability and strategic security in the world.
In this respect, he considered that the bureaucrats of the referred dependence listen to the disputes of the great republican and democratic politicians and prefer to remain still, without taking any initiative, including in the disarmament and strategic stability sphere.
Lavrov recalled that the Kremlin suggested to the White House the need to address issues such as the medium- and short-range Nuclear Weapons Treaty and the reduction and elimination of strategic offensive weapons, as well as the prohibition of armaments in space.
The Russian diplomat referred to recent consultations with the United States on the situation in Syria and the conflict in Afghanistan. ■