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Russian Foreign Minister says relations with West have 'hit the bottom'

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By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV

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And why would that be, comrade Lavrov? Could it be because Russia is a cyber-terrorist state that engages in chemical weapons assassination domestically and abroad and is led by a murdering money laundering thug?

Here's an idea, screw Russia. They need us, we don't need them. Apart from natural gas and vodka, both of which can be easily resources elsewhere, they make nothing that we need.

Sanction them, Shun them, prepare to defend against them.

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“We don't need a military alliance in the classic sense like NATO,” Lavrov said.

You're already classic, Lavrov. When to retire?

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It’s time Russia got itself a new leader. It’s weird when you switch on the box a decade later and you see the same dude. China should too.

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"Russian Foreign Minister says relations with West have 'hit the bottom'"

By looking as his face, if you just cracked a freakin smile, maybe life would be better for ya?

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Lavrov also rejected the idea of Russia using its energy supplies to EU nations as political leverage.

It would be nice to think Russia has recognized the fossil fuel era is waning. If that is in fact true, nations and their oil corporations will not have the same ability to use fuel as political leverage like they have done for decades. Examples in the recent past of Russia using gas as political leverage can be found by opening Yandex and searching for “Russia threatens to cut gas supply”.

Long, long passed time to move away from the fossil fuel era when nations and corporations could use fuel as political leverage. And start wars over control of oil, gas and their shipment.

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Russia with an economy the size of Italy’s and a military trying to match the USA. no wonder their economy is a mess and the ordinary people are impacted. The west is not a threat to the Russian people, their corrupt elite possibly in the sense that it highlights how much better their lives would be without the corrupt gang currently running the country.

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Joe will fix it.

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Judging from recent appearances, Lavrov's grimaces and body language indicate the Russkies are really missing their "Man in Washington": no more invitations for cozy chats naughtily swapping info and ego-stroking photo ops in the Oval Office, which all means the years of "From Russia with Love" have come to an end (but the hacking goes on, comrades).

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Russian Foreign Minister says relations with West have ‘hit the bottom’

Nah...

... we know where you’re trying to go ...

... you scared little puppy, give me some of that Vodka ( the only thing I care about Russia ) and shut the hll up.

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Putin and his cronies are losers.

He looks great on a horse with his shirt off though.

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Russia's actions have provided the environment for the continued poor relations with Europe and the West. It continues to attempt deflection of the cause as others trying to punish a blameless Russia. Nobody outside of Putin loyalists, believes the Russian version on anything because they like China are unable to admit anything that holds them in a bad light. So when the truth is damaging, blame others and hide the truth.

If relations are in fact at rock bottom, and I suspect there is a way to go before it truly bottoms out, Russia has no one to blame but Russia itself and the buck stops with Putin.

An formal alliance between Russia and China is not possible as both sides would expect to take leadership of the alliance and the other would not allow it. They may have similar interests in some area's but individually they each see the other as inferior.

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Mostly down to Putin.

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Dirty Russia, as always... From 1917..

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Russian Foreign Minister says relations with West have 'hit the bottom'

...'hasn't decided whether to indefinitely jail or surreptitiously poison the US.'

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Google announced last week that they were a victim of cyber hacks by a US ally but the name of the country has yet to be made public; it was not Russia. Earlier this week the UN accused France of committing a war crime over the bombing of a wedding in Mali.

From a German perspective, they should not trust the country that hacked into their Chancellor's phone for years. Germany would be better off to develop strong ties with Russia.

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Russia launches deadly new 'underwater sabotage sub' to hit ocean cables network

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""and no date has been set for sending the Russian ambassador back to Washington.""

You mean NO date has been set for sending a NEW SPY TEAM back to Washington.

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after the poisoning cases in the U.K and the inavsion of the Ukraine and imprisoning of the opposition leader in Moscow I loathe Putin and his scheming manevolant spy teams.

Russia is untrustworthy and a menace like their CCP comrades.

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Russia's global significance continues to shrink under Putin. What does Russia do these days? Make cars, smartphones, search engines, software, anything? I'm a veracious consumer, and I cant think of a single Russian product or service I've ever used, apart from my Soviet-era wristwatch.

The West can easily afford to isolate it.

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The age of authoritarians, nationalists, oligarchs and gangsters rumbles on and the Russian people, as ever, suffer.

Dirty Russia, as always... From 1917..

That's just prejudice. Russia actually managed (for a brief time) to strike off the chains of serfdom and rid the country of the vile Romanov family. The revolution gave hope to workers and the proletariat all over the world.

The people will rise again. Capitalism cannot continue to enslave whole nations.

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The people will rise again. Capitalism cannot continue to enslave whole nations.

I hope not. The last time the "people" (well, a handful of people at any rate) rose, millions ended up dead in gulags or in famines and war. Capitalism, far from enslaving people, has brought wealth and longer life to billions. Is it perfect? No. But it sure beats the alternatives.

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Russia needs the world more than the world needs Russia, but it is certainly capable of stirring up serious trouble. Biden and other leaders should consider freezing the assets of Russian government officials and oligarchs held in Western banks, and cutting Russia off from the use of US$ and other hard currencies in trade and banking.

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I don’t see Russian building bases all over the planet or starting wars in the name of oil like the good ole USA .

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in regards to dealing with Russia Trump was bad, but Biden is not fit to do the job.

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Biden has said the days of the U.S. “rolling over” to Putin are done.

Good. If I hear another American President ever praise Putin again I'll puke.

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The last time the "people" (well, a handful of people at any rate) rose, millions ended up dead in gulags or in famines and war. Capitalism, far from enslaving people, has brought wealth and longer life to billions.

As we all know, capitalist nations don't have prisons, have never contributed to famines or have food deserts themselves, and no capitalist country has ever gone to war.

The lifespans of many emancipated by capitalism always increase, jumping from a meagre 63 years average lifespan for men in Russia in 1989 to a much longer 58 in 1993.

And, of course, slavery doesn't exist in capitalism. That's why prisoners are fairly compensated for the work they do, at an incredible rate, sometimes up to 5c an hour.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is an accomplice to dictator Russian President Vladimir Putin, murderous regime.

Assassination, torture, extreme harassment, imprisonment of political rivals, adversaries.

Brutal beatings of protesters.

The global community hasn’t witnessed yet the depths Putin’s depraved regime can and will reach.

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Russia, China and North Korea, the new axis of evil.

All three are brutal dictatorships ruled by disgusting men who rule by fear.

The civilized world should not have anything to do with these brutal states.

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Where are Biden’s sanctions against the killer?

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Where are Biden’s sanctions against the killer?

donald played the obedient puppy for 4 years, give Biden at least 4 months to take action.

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Let's face Russia and West are enemies always was. I see no signs it could be changed in future.

There are only two states - the first when Russia is weak enough and West is happy and the second, Russia is strong enough to keep sovereignty and fight for own interests when west countries establishment do what it usually do against the centuries old enemy: wars, proxy wars, foreign agents and, of course, lie the more lies the better.

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Russian Foreign Minister says relations with West have 'hit the bottom'

Well, what do you expect when then new president calls the other guy a killer in public.

Way to conduct diplomacy... in kindergarten.

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ulysses

donald played the obedient puppy for 4 years, give Biden at least 4 months to take action.

Donald had sanctions in place and acted very much against Russias intererest ... much to my disagreement, but the "obedient puppy" label is ridiculous.

What Donald did not do was publicly insulting the other leader.

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The present West (US with some allies) strongly reminds the Nazi Germany in 30s: Hitler for all faults blamed the Jews, the West now for all its ptoblems blames the Russians.

Before blaming Moscow the Western leaders should look at the mirror at themselves and ask "who the hell we are to lecture others"? The West invaded and destryoed several countries (Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya), killing hundreds of thousand of people, staged coupes d'etat (Ukraine), meddled in internal affairs of other countries, staged false-flag provocations like the Skripal affair, suppressed brutally any dissent (Assange, Snowden), supported real despots and killers (Saudi Arabia), terrorists (Syria), maintained open (Guantanomo) and secret (CIA "black ops" stations in Eastern Europe) illegal prisons where people were held for years without any charges. Poor Lavrov, he has to be polite with such scoundrels the Western leaders are!

From the Japanese point of view the Western policy is a pure idiocy. By their stupid attacks on Russia the U.S. actually forged the alliance between Russia and China, though the relations between these countries were rather difficult for years. Great foreign policy achievement!! Congrats, or something.

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Ah yes, US and Russia's endless circle of comebacks.

Someone just fire a missile already!

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Asakaze, same old, same old.

Classic Soviet, what-about, back forth, toing and froing, the very definition of hither and thither political propaganda.

Putin poisons his political rivals.

No excuses, or what-about, about that.

The sooner the global community wakes up about that fact the better..

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u_s__reamerToday  07:52 am JST

Judging from recent appearances, Lavrov's grimaces and body language indicate the Russkies are really missing their "Man in Washington": no more invitations for cozy chats naughtily swapping info and ego-stroking photo ops in the Oval Office, which all means the years of "From Russia with Love" have come to an end (but the hacking goes on, comrades).

Awwwww, I guess the party is over now. No more TreasonTrump to give kiss their asses now. Joe is nobody's bootlicker. He was elected, not Put In by Putin and now the Russian FM is sulking. Wahhhhh.

ZaphodToday  01:00 pm JST

ulysses

donald played the obedient puppy for 4 years, give Biden at least 4 months to take action.

Donald had sanctions in place and acted very much against Russias intererest ... much to my disagreement, but the "obedient puppy" label is ridiculous.

What Donald did not do was publicly insulting the other leader.

Of course he didn't! Spankee Boy McDonald is a traitor, a sputnik. Doncha know that by now?

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They need us, we don't need them.

You need them to not nuke you.

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Where are Biden’s sanctions against the killer?

Allow me to help you. There is an article from around this time last month about Biden putting sanctions on Russia:

https://japantoday.com/category/world/us-sets-sanctions-over-russia-opposition-leader's-poisoning

I'm surprised you need to be told this, though. Since you commented on that very article. And said you didn't think sanctions were worth it.

Wolfpack Mar. 3  08:27 am JST

A symbolic slap on the wrist. Biden is all bark and no bite.

So what is it? Do you want sanctions or not?

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They are very busy with strategy planning and have currently something else in mind, something that would equally lead to the ambassador to leave. You guess it, the Ukraine is at stake and taken in the pinch, strong military movements from east (Russian border) and north (allied Belarus) are already observed.

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