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Lavrov: US uses NATO to control its members

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said today at a press conference in this city that the United States only uses the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to maintain its influence over member countries.

The official recalled that the White House declared that it would not have a response to the legal security proposals put forward by Moscow as long as NATO did not hold its own dialogue on the issue with Russia, reports Prensa Latina.

“I think this is not a completely honest account of the situation. They say that they cannot decide without allies, but Washington only needs NATO as a tool to impose itself as the leader of the West, just to keep them all aligned with its policy and its designs," he said.

The Foreign Minister commented that the creation of the AUKUS security association between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States and the attacks on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline demonstrate the extent to which Washington takes into account the interests of its allies.

In this sense, he recalled France's denunciations of AUKUS behind-the-scenes agreements and Germany's demands not to impose sanctions on Nord Stream 2.

He further noted that the White House abandoned the Short- and Medium-Range Missile Elimination Treaty (INF) and the Open Skies Treaty without consulting its allies.

"So, I don't see any convincing argument that the United States can't play a leading role here," he said, referring to Russia's required answers on legal security guarantees.

Lavrov stressed that Western countries can take any action against Russia, but Moscow is ready for any development of events.

"In the economic field, if we had any illusions, they have completely dissipated in the last seven years," he warned.

In his opinion, all economic linkage mechanisms that depend on structures controlled by the West contain risks, which is why the country is getting rid of them consistently and quickly, "even and especially in high-tech areas."

Peace treaty between Russia and Japan should reflect the prospects for cooperation

A future peace treaty between Russia and Japan should reflect the prospects for cooperation and not be limited to a phrase about ending the state of war, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday while speaking at a press conference. dedicated to Russian diplomacy in 2021.

“We are sure that a peace treaty, since it will not be signed in 1945, but in the XNUMXst century, cannot be limited to a single phrase: 'The war is over.' It must demonstrate in reality the diversity of relationships today and open up new perspectives,” he said.

According to the TASS agency, Lavrov emphasized that Russia is very interested in there being no misunderstandings in relations with Japan regarding what is happening between the two countries.

“In part, this refers to artificial obstructions to investment cooperation. We know that pressure is being exerted on Japan in this regard. Pressure is being exerted for Japan to join the sanctions. He joins some of them, not all of them, but many." In addition, the pressures concern security issues," Lavrov said.

The Russian Foreign Minister stressed that the artificial linking of relations with the solution of problems related to the peace treaty did not coincide with the interests of Russia and Japan.

“The problem of the peace treaty is our legacy. President Vladimir Putin has told his Japanese counterparts more than once. We are interested in resolving it… They agreed to intensify this work on the basis of the 1956 Declaration, which says that first and foremost, a peace treaty must be concluded before other matters can be considered. We have delivered the preliminary articles of said peace treaty to our Japanese friends,” he said.

In November 2018, Putin and then-Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a meeting in Singapore agreed to intensify peace treaty talks on the basis of the joint Soviet-Japanese declaration of October 19, 1956.

"Moscow is concerned that Japan has long since become an ally of the United States," Lavrov said. “There is the 1960 treaty, by which the Americans have great freedom of maneuver and action on Japanese territory. Now then, that the United States in its doctrinal documents has come close to declaring us an enemy, or at least an adversary and the main threat together with China, Japan's alliance with a country that considers us a threat is not up to the task of creating an optimal climate for our relations," Lavrov said.