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Lavrov says West seeks to put pressure on every country he visits

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said that wherever he travels the West seeks to make the host country behave in a way that’s desirable to the US, TASS reports. 

"I’m not surprised that wherever I go our Western colleagues try to issue some warnings and make the host country to behave in a way that would be desirable to the Americans. We very much appreciate and respect the position of all our partners, who in such situations are guided not by the orders of the former colonial powers and those who want to dominate the world now, but are guided by legitimate national interests. Many of them don't hesitate to talk about it openly," he said at a news conference following talks with the Kingdom of Eswatini’s top diplomat, Thulisile Dladla.

"We cannot change our Western friends and make [them] polite, behave democratically," Lavrov said.

According to the minister, the West is worried because the dominance it has enjoyed over the past five centuries is disappearing as a multipolar world is taking shape. Lavrov said that such centers as "China, India, Turkey, Egypt, the African continent < ... > Latin America" cannot be ignored and dictated how they should develop.

"We understand the painful feelings of the US and Europe, as the structure of international relations is changing, becoming multipolar, polycentric," he added.


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