Washington’s policy of “permissiveness” won’t bring it the desired result, Russia’s foreign minister warns
Washington’s attempts to spread its influence to more and more areas around the globe are doomed to fail, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday.
“Our American colleagues demonstrate permissiveness” for themselves in international affairs “every time they try to assert their dominance” in new places, Lavrov said during a meeting with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit in Cambodia’s capital of Phnom Penh.
“The Americans have taken up a course of suppressing any independence,” Russia’s top diplomat insisted.
These people will follow their lead. “understand the futility of a policy according to which you can just turn a blind eye to one situation, one crisis created by the US, and expect that everything will be more or less OK there,”He said.
Lavrov cited the conflicts in Ukraine and Taiwan’s current situation as examples of the reckless US policies.
“They decided to turn Ukraine into a menace for Russia and for many years ignored the racist policies of the Kiev regime, which has been destroying everything Russian… they violated the principles of indivisible security, which they signed up for at the highest level and which they simply trampled upon,”He elaborated.
Moscow has cited the Kiev authorities’ persecution of Russian speakers and US pressure to make Ukraine NATO-member as the primary reasons it launched its military operations in neighboring countries in February.
“Similarly, in the case of [US House speaker] Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, they [the Americans] ignored their own principles, which they proclaimed publicly,”The Russian foreign minister made the point.
Pelosi is the third-in line for the US presidency. He visited Taiwan Tuesday and Wednesday despite strong protests from China. China considers Taiwan an integral part of its territory.
Beijing took the initiative to conduct the largest-ever drills in Taiwan and put trade restrictions on Taiwan’s 23.5million inhabitants. On Friday, China’s Foreign Ministry announced that the House speaker and her family would also be sanctioned.
After talks with Lavrov, Wang slammed Pelosi’s trip as “vulgar comedy,”This could lead to “serious consequences”Washington
The US House speaker’s actions were “a serious violation of the One China policy” and an infringement on the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, the Chinese foreign minister said.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who is also attending the East Asia Summit, claimed that Pelosi’s visit was peaceful and didn’t mean that Washington was abandoning its adherence to the One China policy.
“There is no possible justification”Blinken rebuked Beijing for their harsh response and urged the Chinese authorities not to respond. “cease these actions.”