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We refuse to be a ‘normal country’ if it means US-style bombings & invasions, Moscow tells Pentagon

RT | September 9, 2019

It’s better not to be a “more normal country” if that means being as prone to invasions and coups as the United States, top Russian ministers have said, firing back at bizarre remarks by a new Pentagon chief.

It would be “great” if the West “could get Russia to behave like a more normal country,” Mark Esper, the newly appointed defense secretary, was reported to have claimed while visiting Paris this week.

That remark did not go down well with Moscow, however.

“If he said so, he called upon us to act as a normal country [as such] and not like the United States,” Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a press briefing in the Russian capital, where he and Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu had a face-to-face meeting with French counterparts.

“Otherwise, we should have been acting like the US, bombing Iraq and Libya in blatant violation of international law… We should have supported coups, violent and anti-constitutional, like the US and its closest allies did in February 2014 [in Ukraine].”

What’s more, if Russia followed Washington’s instructions, then “we would have spent millions on intervening in the affairs of other countries as Congress has done by authorizing $20 million for supporting democracy in Russia,” Lavrov stated.

On his part, Shoigu also said that normalcy has a different meaning for Moscow then.

“We will probably remain [an] abnormal [country].”

Meanwhile, the visiting French officials advocated coming to terms with Russia.

“The time has come, the time is right, to work towards reducing distrust,” Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said.

Defense Minister Florence Parly added that “it is important to talk to each other, to avoid misunderstanding and friction.”
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The meeting comes weeks after Russian President Vladimir Putin met with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in late August at Bregancon, in an attempt to defuse tension and break the ice in Russia-West relations.

On that occasion, Macron vowed to create a “new architecture of security and confidence” between the EU and Russia. He pointed out that Moscow’s contribution is “essential” in helping to solve the crises in and around Iran, Ukraine, and Syria, and to work on nuclear non-proliferation.

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  1. ‘Normal’ surely means abiding by norms of human behaviour. This excludes unprovoked wars on innocent countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Libya based on fake accusations; occupying those countries and imposing violent military regimes causing unrest and mass exodus; contemptuously dismissing the International Criminal Court; dishonouring Treaties like the NNPT and JPOA; dictating to the United Nations; imprisoning and torturing innocent people as in Guantanamo Bay; planting military bases all over the World; dominating the global financial system; funding terrorist regimes like Israel and depriving their victims of UN aid and Human Rights to self-governorship and their ancient capital city.

    Comment by jbthring | September 9, 2019 | Reply

  2. “It would be “great” if the West “could get Russia to behave like a more normal country,” Mark Esper”

    Esper’s total lack of awareness is a worry isn’t it? Does he want Russia to go around bullying country after country as the USA does? Applying Trade and Financial Sanctions of targeted countries as the USA does? Bombing selected countries as the USA does? Raising, training and financing Mercenary Armies like the USA does? Sending ‘Economic Hit Men’ into countries, particularly Sth American countries, like the USA does?
    It may be time for high ranking American politicians, Pentagon Officials, CIA spokesmen etc etc, to start wearing CLOWN SUITS in future, to reveal their REAL status…..

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | September 9, 2019 | Reply

    • Honk honk

      Comment by Aaron | September 9, 2019 | Reply

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