While the G7 leaders say they see opportunities for “multilateralism” under Joe Biden, the Russian foreign minister deplores the lack of will on their part to establish a dialogue on the basis of equality.
Between the said “turning point for multilateralism” which the members of the G7 congratulated themselves on simultaneously with Joe Biden’s intervention at the Munich security conference, and the perception of the situation by the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, the gap is considerable.
Quoted on February 19 by the Tass agency, Sergey Lavrov indeed considered that the West was seeking to weaken the countries surrounding Russia within the framework of “a Russophobic policy”.
Our Western partners are unwilling, unwilling and unable to speak on an equal basis
“They seek to weaken as much as possible everything around us: Belarus, Central Asia and now the South Caucasus,” said the senior Russian diplomat, adding that he made a difference between the situation. current and the bloc ideology of the Cold War era.
“It only means that our Western partners are unwilling, unwilling and unable to speak on an equal basis. Whether it is with Russia, with China, or with anyone else. They badly need a structure in which they can dominate. This is why they do not like the United Nations because they cannot control it 100% ”, he thus pointed out.
What about the “multilateralism” advocated by the G7?
The remarks of the head of Russian diplomacy come in the wake of Joe Biden’s intervention at the Munich security conference, concomitantly with which the member countries of the G7 issued a statement evoking “a turning point for multilateralism”, after the four years of unilateralism attributed to the presidency of Donald Trump.
It remains to be seen what this “turning point” consists of: the 46th President of the United States in his speech made a virulent charge against Russia, China or even Iran, accusing the three countries respectively of wanting to “attack” [les] democracies ”,“ to undermine the foundations of the international economic system ”and to carry out“ destabilizing activities in the Middle East ”. In addition, it should be noted that taking the opposite view of his predecessor Donald Trump, the current American head of state has indicated that he did not intend to send an invitation to Russia to participate in the discussions of the group of seven.
For its part, the Kremlin has indicated that Russia will continue its efforts to restore good relations with the United States and the European Union. “We are doing a lot to achieve this, trying to encourage our dialogue partners to show the will to normalize ties,” said Dimitry Peskov, spokesman for the Russian presidency on February 20, while deploring an absence of reciprocity on the western side.