Russia tired of smug lectures from Germany – Lavrov
22 Dec, 2021 14:54 / Updated 4 days agoJoin RT on Telegram
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said relations with Germany face serious challenges because the EU’s leading state acts as though the world’s problems are created by Moscow, while those in Berlin do nothing wrong.
In an exclusive television interview with RT on Wednesday, Lavrov was asked to comment on deteriorating relations between the two countries, and to respond to German accusations that the impasse is Russia’s fault.
“They say they want to have normal relations with Russia, but first Russia has to change its behavior, full stop,” the diplomat replied. He reported that he had recently met with Annalena Baerbock, the German Foreign Minister, and that she had accepted an invitation to visit Russia.READ MORE: Moscow may mirror Western restrictions on Russia media – Lavrov
“And I said that in the coalition agreement of the new German government, there is a provision on deep and diverse Russian-German ties,” Lavrov went on. “But there are also different approaches to relations between us. I don’t even want to quote them. They’re saying that civil society is shrinking in Russia, and that they’re trying to make us stop destabilizing the situation in Ukraine, and so on.”
The diplomat emphasized that the nature of German politics means that different administrations will have varying approaches to relations with his country, and that “we accept this as a fact of life.” The leaders of the Social Democratic Party, which heads the current governing coalition, “have been most productive when it comes to mutually beneficial cooperation between Moscow and Berlin,” he said. “And we hope that the SDP’s partners in the coalition will pay greater attention to how we can advance our positive agenda.”
“But the approach they have that one side is doing everything perfectly, and the other side should change its behavior altogether – well, you understand that that cannot happen,” Lavrov concluded.