Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov Calls Russia-US-EU Tensions 'Unnatural'

© Sputnik / Grigoriy Sisoev / Go to the mediabankRussian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the 53rd Munich Security Conference
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the 53rd Munich Security Conference - Sputnik International
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday described the existing tensions in the relations between Moscow, Brussels and Washington as unnatural in a speech at the Munich Security Conference.

MUNICH (Sputnik) — Russia calls for good neighborly relations, he said.

"Russia has never tried to hide its views and has been frank about its work in promoting good neighborly relations, security and development from Vancouver to Vladivostok. The tensions of the past years between the US, Europe and Russia are unnatural and, I’d even say, ‘counternatural,’" he said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech on the 2nd day of the 53rd Munich Security Conference (MCS) in Munich, southern Germany, on February 18, 2017 - Sputnik International
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"Russia is a Eurasian power uniting a plethora of cultures and nationalities… We are part of one continent. Together we’ve written history," Lavrov emphasized.

Russia is not looking for a conflict but will protect its interests, he emphasized.

"Russia is not looking for a conflict with anyone but will always be able to protect its interests. We want to strive for dialogue to find understanding based on mutual benefit."

He categorically denied accusations of Moscow allegedly trying to undermine a "liberal world order" or prevent new "centers of influence" from emerging around the world, saying such a world order was doomed to fail.

Since 2014, relations between Russia, the European Union and the United States, deteriorated amid the crisis in Ukraine. Brussels, Washington and their allies introduced several rounds of sanctions against Russia on the pretext of its alleged involvement in the Ukrainian conflict, which Moscow has repeatedly denied. In response to the restrictive measures, Russia has imposed a food embargo on some products originating in countries that have targeted it with sanctions.

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