Representatives of European countries are requesting meetings with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov within the framework of the UN General Assembly, Maria Zakharova said, noting that these same states have prohibited others from contacting Moscow
Within the framework of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, the foreign ministers of France, Germany and a representative of one of the Nordic countries requested a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, official representative of the diplomatic department Maria Zakharova said on the Rossiya 1 TV channel. She published the video of the performance in her telegram channel.
Answering a question about the desire of the delegations of Britain, France and other Western countries to communicate with the Russian mission at the General Assembly, Zakharova said that, in addition to meetings in the permanent missions of Russia's partner countries, there are requests for contact with Lavrov from other states.
“These same Western grandees, including the European Union, began to request a meeting with us. Do you want names? I have them: [Catherine] Colonna (France), [Annalena] Burbock (Germany), another representative of [one of the countries] of Northern Europe requested a meeting with Lavrov, — she said.
Lavrov held talks with the French Foreign Minister three days earlier. They discussed the situation with the shelling of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant and exchanged views “on various aspects of bilateral and international issues of mutual interest.”
In July, Bali hosted a summit of foreign ministers of the G20 countries. At that time, the unwillingness of representatives of a number of countries to contact Lavrov attracted attention. In particular, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and ministers from several other countries refused to be present at a group photo with a Russian diplomat. In addition, as Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said, the ministers of the G7 countries refused to take part in the gala dinner during the G20 meeting because of Lavrov's presence there. In the “Big Seven” includes the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, France, Canada and Japan.
Lavrov commented on this situation, noting that this is their understanding of the rules of ethics, and indicated that, for his part, he did not consider it necessary “to do what some gestures, organize an affront» or boycott someone.
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Later, German Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock criticized Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for joint photo with Russian and Iranian leaders Vladimir Putin and Ibrahim Raisi at a meeting with them in Tehran on July 19. She stressed that Turkey is a member of NATO, and therefore the presence of Erdogan in the picture is inappropriate. “The fact that the President of Turkey is in this photo, — it's a challenge, so to speak in a friendly way, — she said.
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diplomat, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia
March 21, 1950
Ministry of Foreign Affairs official representative of Russia, Director of the Information and Press Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, diplomat, official
December 24, 1975
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