Western leaders have many phobias – Lavrov

Their neo-colonialist policies are driven by delusions of grandeur and a sense of entitlement, Russia’s top diplomat tells RT

Western leaders believe themselves to be exceptional and are driven by delusions of grandeur and irrational fears, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with RT Arabic on Wednesday.

“We know that our Western friends have a lot of phobias, a lot of complexes. They have a superiority complex, an infallibility complex, and I think they also have a certain paranoia. said Lavrov.

“Any process that doesn’t include the West, that the West doesn’t control, they see as opposition, a challenge to their dominance,” he explained, referring to various regional economic integration groups and organizations in which Russia participates. “It’s high time for them to get rid of this habit.”

The remarks came as Lavrov defended Moscow’s opposition to the United States and its allies, which Russia accuses of imposing their will on other nations through unsavory methods. The desire to punish Russia with economic sanctions and diplomatic isolation in response to the attack on Ukraine, in which Washington wants to enlist the whole world, is the latest example, said the head of Russian diplomacy.

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“The insolence of the Anglo-Saxon alliance knows no bounds, and we find confirmation of it every day”, he said. “The West sends its envoys and emissaries to every capital every day without exception…to issue ultimatums and blackmail.”

Russia is happy to see that most countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America are resisting the pressure, Lavrov said. “These nations do not want to compromise their national dignity and run around like servants doing drudgery in the name of [the West]” he said.

Their attitude is nothing new and is the modern version of European colonialism, Lavrov said. Fortunately, history favors a multilateral future for the world, so Western nations trying to preserve their dominant status are acting against the natural progress of humanity, he believes.

The West’s sense of the right to do with the world as it sees fit often has disastrous consequences, Lavrov said. This was the case of Yugoslavia in the 1990s, which was destroyed when the United States decided that its interests required it, of Iraq in 2003, when the United States used false pretexts to invade the country, and Libya in 2011, Lavrov said.

“Of course there were authoritarian regimes in Iraq and Libya, but there were no terrorists there. There was no constant fighting and military provocations,” he underlined.

“This is the mentality of Western states. They believe that their security depends on the whole world and therefore they should rule the world,” he added.

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Ukrainian forces servicemen who surrendered at the Azovstal steel plant line up in the Russian-controlled port city of Mariupol in the Donetsk People's Republic.  © Sputnik / Russian Ministry of Defense
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The current crisis in Ukraine stems from the same root cause, namely Western disregard for Russian national security, Lavrov said. He simply ignored Moscow’s objections to NATO enlargement in Europe for decades, pushing Moscow toward the military option to stem the threat, he said.

Russia attacked Ukraine in late February, after kyiv’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Luhansk . The protocols negotiated by Germany and France were designed to give breakaway regions a special status within the Ukrainian state.

The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied claims it planned to retake the two republics by force.


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