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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov believes that not only Russia, but also a number of countries, including China, India, Brazil and Mexico, will not dance to the beat of the United States. He expressed this opinion in an interview with the television channel RT.
According to the minister, “there are players who will never agree with the existence of a ‘global village’ under the leadership of an American ‘sheriff’ – these are China, India, Brazil , Mexico”. “I think these are the countries that won’t be capped at all if Uncle Sam tells them to do something,” he quotes CASS Lavrov, who clarified that “and Russia is by no means one of the countries that would be ready to greet.”
At the same time, the Minister of Foreign Affairs thinkthat the current events in Ukraine are the epitome of the West’s strategic trajectory towards the marginalization of Russia and its containment in all areas.
Moreover, believes the minister, Europe has 99% stopped trying to defend its independence against the United States, which is trying to bring the world back to a unipolar order.
Recall that on February 21, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed decrees recognizing the independence of the self-proclaimed people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk (DPR and LPR), and on February 24 he issued an urgent appeal to Russians and announced a special military operation in the Donbass. In his speech, he said “circumstances demand decisive Russian action” and stressed that “Russia will not allow Ukraine to have nuclear weapons.”
In response to Russia’s actions, Western countries (United States, Canada, European Union, Great Britain, Japan) announced new, tougher sanctions against the Russian Federation, including financial and economic ones.
So, in particular, Russian banks fell under the sanctions, including Sberbank, VTB, Novikombank, FC Otkritie and Sovcombank, and for a number of state-owned enterprises it was difficult to attract foreign capital.
Later, EU countries and the US agreed to disconnect sanctioned Russian banks from the international system of interbank transactions and information exchange SWIFT. In addition, it was decided to freeze the assets of the Bank of Russia, which will create difficulties for its use of international reserves. EU countries have also pledged to take action to limit the sale of citizenship – the so-called “golden passports” that allow wealthy Russians linked to the Russian government to become citizens of EU states and access their financial systems. In addition, the European Union, the United States, Canada and a number of other countries have closed the skies to Russian planes.
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