Washington has succeeded where Europe’s conquering dictators of the past have failed, as evidenced by its ability to bend the policies of European governments to its will, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Thursday.
“I can’t help but make these comparisons. In the past, Napoleon and Hitler aimed to subjugate Europe. Now the Americans have subdued him,” he remarked.
As an example of Washington’s decision “the best available” for Europe, Lavrov mentioned the long US campaign to torpedo the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. Berlin suspended certification of the fully completed project under anti-Russian sanctions following Moscow’s attack on Ukraine.
Washington has been trying to stop the project for years, saying it jeopardizes European energy security and suggesting deliveries of American liquefied natural gas were a more preferable option, despite its higher price, the Russian minister pointed out.
“The European Union has shown its place. The Nord Stream 2 story has perfectly shown the real place that the EU occupies on the world stage”, Lavrov asserted.
Lavrov was speaking amid the worst escalation in tensions between Russia and Western nations the world has seen in decades. Moscow launched an offensive against Ukraine last week, calling it a necessary step to push NATO out of its neighbor and ensure Russian national security.
The United States and its allies called the invasion an unprovoked act of aggression and imposed harsh sanctions, which are aimed at crippling the Russian economy. Europeans should pay the price for sanctions, with rising energy costs driving up inflation, EU officials predict.
The top Russian diplomat remarked that the Western narrative of the conflict resembled a Hollywood movie about an epic battle of absolute good against absolute evil, with the good part “embodied in the character, who is also the screenwriter.”
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