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Russia will focus on deepening ties with China, according to Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who has criticized Western countries for developing “Russophobia” since the country invaded Ukraine earlier this year. Moscow has struggled under the weight of global sanctions, particularly from the West, which have largely curtailed all trade with the country. Many Western-based companies have also ceased operations in Russia, cutting both cash flow and employment.
Lavrov, speaking in a question-and-answer session this week, said Russia was now working to replace Western products and would seek to forge closer ties with countries that “don’t dance to the music another bagpiper”, which, in addition to China, could include India. , Vietnam, Central Asian countries and Cuba, all of which have supported Russia in one way or another since the invasion began.
The Russian diplomat has held his current position since 2004 and is considered a staunch ally of President Vladimir Putin.
Not one to mince words, in 2008 he repeatedly swore at then British Foreign Secretary David Miliband in a phone conversation when Labor suggested Russia should engage with then Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.
Just a month earlier, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Georgia and began occupying two self-declared republics – 20% of Georgia’s geographic landmass – maintaining a large military presence there to this day. .
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Russia: the 71-year-old has held the position since 2004
At one point, according to the Evening Standard, Lavrov became so furious that he allegedly fired back: “Who the hell are you to lecture me?” when told about the EU’s frustration with the Kremlin.
The publication said he used ‘full industrial language’ to suggest that Mr Miliband knew nothing of Russian history, despite the fact that his grandfather Samuel served in the Red Army and that his father was a leading Marxist theorist.
According to an insider, Lavrov used the F-bomb so many times that it was difficult to write a legible note of the exchange.
A Whitehall source said: “It was doing this and doing that.
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“It wasn’t what you would call diplomatic language. It was rather shocking.”
An insider close to Mr. Miliband said he was surprised at the ferocity of the language used by Lavrov.
The tirade is said to have taken place shortly before Mr. Miliband traveled to Ukraine to fly the flag of Western democracy.
Lavrov’s uncompromising nature has earned him the nickname Mr Nyet – Mr No – and some former world leaders have had a few apt words for him.
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According to the Daily Telegraph, a former George W Bush administration official once described him as a “complete hole”.
Lavrov was born near Moscow in 1950 and excelled in physics at school, but ended up studying at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, which put him in a good position to land an internship at the embassy. Soviet Union in Sri Lanka at the age of 22.
He has since moved through the halls of power, spending ten years as Russia’s envoy to the UN before being named foreign minister in 2004.
In 2015, at a press conference on the fight against Islamic State, Lavrov was heard muttering “fucking fools” in response to photographers who caught him moving his glass of water.
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Meanwhile, discussing Russia’s plans to get closer to China, he said: “If they (the West) want to offer something in terms of resuming relations, then we will seriously consider whether we need it. or not”.
According to a transcript on the Foreign Office website, he added: “We must stop being in any way dependent on supplies of everything from the West to ensure the development of sectors of a crucial importance for the security, the economy or the social sphere of our homeland”.
He continued: “Now that the West has adopted a ‘dictator stance’, our economic ties with China will grow even faster.
“In addition to direct income for the state budget, this is a chance to develop the Far East (from Russia) and Eastern Siberia.”
He said China has information and communications technology “which is in no way inferior to the West. There are a lot of things here that will provide mutual benefits.”
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These information technologies, including social media, have been severely curtailed in Russia since February 24, with many independent journalists facing justice for reporting on the invasion.
While many are unable to use various social media sites like Facebook and Instagram, the country itself has been accused of spreading misinformation on these platforms through trolling farms in an attempt to manipulate opinion. public abroad about the war.
On Monday, UK Deputy Ambassador James Roscoe told a UN Security Council meeting that Russia had carried out cyberattacks and used “an online troll factory to spread disinformation. and manipulate public opinion about their war”.
Similarly, US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said the Russian government is “intimidating and arresting journalists for reporting the truth about its invasion”.