Russia accuses U.S.of building ‘belt of instability’ to undermine Moscow
Russia has repeatedly accused the U.S. and its NATO allies of plotting regime change in Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova and elsewhere
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused Western nations of trying to create a “belt of instability” to undermine Moscow, while also meddling in Russia’s upcoming parliamentary elections and backing extremists. This is reported by Newsweek.
At a foreign policy webinar, Lavrov levelled multiple accusations at Russia’s Western adversaries, both American and European.
“They are attempting to build a belt of instability around us, forcing our nearest neighbors and our fraternal populations to make a choice – either you’re with the West or you’re with the Russian Federation,” said Lavrov, according to the Tass news agency.
“They want to absorb the territories around our country through various means—both military and economic ones—and surround us with a buffer zone, additionally profiting from the fact that the West will have a decisive influence on the development of our neighboring countries.”
“This line was thoroughly seen in Ukraine,” Lavrov said. “Over the recent months, they tried to test out color revolution methods in Belarus as well.”Related: Pink puddles of chemicals near Rivne: Police opens criminal proceedings
“The Americans and Europeans started a geopolitical battle for Moldova, not even shying away from open propaganda during the election campaign, directly meddling in the internal affairs of a seemingly sovereign state,” Lavrov added.
Russia has repeatedly accused the U.S. and its NATO allies of plotting regime change in Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova and elsewhere. The U.S. and NATO, meanwhile, have cited Russian invasions of Ukraine and Georgia as proof that Moscow is more interested in its sphere of influence than regional peace.
Russian aggression in Ukraine and Georgia has pushed both nations towards NATO membership along with Montenegro, which in 2016 was the target of an alleged Russian-linked coup. All three nations are striving for full NATO membership, despite threats from Moscow that it could ignite more conflicts.