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Lavrov Says U.S. Should Learn to Respect Russia

Published: February 13, 2013 (Issue # 1746)


MOSCOW The U.S. needs to conduct its affairs based on mutual respect, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Feb. 7.

The U.S. will not change overnight. They must get used to the fact that affairs can only be conducted on the basis of equality, a balance of interests and mutual respect, Lavrov said during an interview set to air the next day on Rossia-2 television.

We may no longer see arrogant actions that directly contradict Russias interests, those of our neighbors and those of other parts of the world. But this does not mean that the [Obama] administration has stopped trying to advance its own interests in Central Asia, the Caucasus and even around Russia. This does not mean that the new administration although its not really new, its more like the old new is abandoning its missile defense plans, he said, Interfax reported.

The tone and style of negotiation and dialogue have changed under Barack Obama. This is always a plus. The practical impact of these conversations has also changed, he said. They [the Americans] are physically not able to solve any problems, but remain the largest and most powerful military, economic and financial power.

Speaking about Afghanistan, Lavrov said that even as a coalition the U.S. can do little.

The threat of terrorism is still there, and the drug threat has increased. They cannot solve the problems related to the spread of terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, drug-trafficking and organized crimes, Lavrov said.





 


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Sunday, Aug. 31


The Neva Delta International Blues Festival wraps up this afternoon on Vasilevsky Island with a concert featuring not only some of Russias best blues bands but international stars as well. Admission is free for all three days of the festival, which begins on Aug. 29, and the shows starting at 5 p.m. each day.



Monday, Sept. 1


Today marks the beginning of Lermontov-Fest, a fall festival celebrating the life of one of Russias most remarkable poets who, in a fate eerily similar to Pushkins, was killed in a duel at the age of 26. Organized by the Lermontov Library System, the next several months will see art exhibitions, concerts and public lectures focusing on the Lermontovs short yet prolific career. Check the Lermontov Library Systems website for more details.



Tuesday, Sept. 2


Join expats and practice your Russian during the Russian Clubs weekly meetings every Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. The club is free to participate in although you need to be a registered member of Couchsurfing.



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