Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has once again expressed his dissatisfaction with the fact that the West criticizes Moscow for military aggression against Ukraine and interference in the civil war in Syria.
“I’m no longer very inclined to comment on all these unfounded accusations which are put forward against us. First it was Ukraine, then Syria started to be mentioned in this context, and now some American figures and official entities in London have started saying that Russia can be collaborated with, but only if it behaves well in Ukraine, and Syria, and now there is talk of the Korean peninsula. Even in this regard Russia is supposed to do something to someone,” Lavrov said.
The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry emphasized that Russia is not to blame for the current conflicts. Instead, he accused the US and the West for the emergence of the terrorist organizations “Islamic State”, “Al-Qaida” and “Jebhat al-Nusra”, adding that it was the western allies who “ruined” Libya, Afghanistan and Iraq.
“This is not a collaborative approach, and we do not accept it,” Lavrov said. He added, however, that Moscow is willing to restore relations with Washington. In this regard Moscow will focus on what Trump himself says, not his assistants or diplomats.
Last week after the meeting with Putin and Lavrov, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the level of trust between the US and Russia was at a low point. The day before Tillerson’s visit to Moscow, the State Department announced its intentions to once again remind the Kremlin authorities that the sanctions for armed aggression against Ukraine will remain in force until the Minsk agreements are implemented, and the “Crimean package” of sanctions will remain in force until control of the annexed peninsula is returned to Ukraine.