Washington’s “permissive” policy will not bring it the expected result, warns Russian Foreign Minister
Washington’s attempts to extend its influence to more and more parts of the world are doomed to failure, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday.
“Our American colleagues are permissive ‘for themselves in international affairs’ whenever they try to assert their dominance” in new places, Lavrov said while meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh.
“The Americans have decided to suppress all independence”, Russia’s top diplomat insisted.
But those who follow their actions “Understanding the futility of a policy that you can just turn a blind eye to a situation, a crisis created by the United States, and expect everything to go more or less well there,” he said.
Lavrov cited the conflict in Ukraine and the current crisis in Taiwan as examples of reckless US policies.
“They decided to make Ukraine a threat to Russia and for many years ignored the racist policies of the kyiv regime, which destroyed everything Russian… they violated the principles of indivisible security, to which they subscribed at the highest level and who they simply trampled on,” he explained.
Moscow said the persecution of Russian speakers in the Donbass by kyiv authorities and US pressure to make Ukraine a NATO member were among the main reasons for launching its military operation in the neighboring country in late February.
“Similarly, in the case of [US House speaker] During Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, they [the Americans] ignored their own principles, which they proclaimed publicly”, stressed the Russian Foreign Minister.
Pelosi, who is third in line to the US presidency, stopped by Taiwan on Tuesday and Wednesday, despite strong protests from China, which considers the self-governing island part of its territory.
The move prompted Beijing to launch the biggest drills ever around Taiwan and impose trade restrictions on the island of 23.5 million people. On Friday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry announced that the Speaker of the House and her family would also be sanctioned.
After talks with Lavrov, Wang criticized Pelosi’s trip as “vulgar comedy” which would lead “serious consequences” for Washington.
The actions of the Speaker of the United States House have been “a serious violation of the one-China policy” and an attack 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, said Pelosi’s visit was peaceful and did not mean Washington was giving up on adhering to the one-China policy.
“There is no possible justification” for such a tough response to the development by Beijing, Blinken said, urging Chinese authorities to “cease these actions.”