10:41 GMT +320 September 2017

    Moscow against attempts to rewrite history

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    MOSCOW, September 1 (RIA Novosti) - Moscow opposes recurrent attempts to rewrite history, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday.

    Speaking to students at the Moscow Institute of International Relations, Lavrov said attempts to "charge Russia for a common past" using democratic tools, such as independent media, amounted to interference in Russia's internal affairs for selfish purposes.

    He denounced this practice saying Russia would respond by becoming stronger.

    According to the minister, there has recently been a growth in anti-Russian sentiments in the Western media, which he said attributed the changes occurring in Russia to "imperial ambitions".

    He said Russia was only striving to become a worthy member of the world community.

    Rejecting allegations of authoritarian trends in Russia, Lavrov said, "The country is consolidating power."

    The minister admitted there were problems. "I must say that everything is not perfect, and there are many problems to be solved," he said, but added that it had taken Moscow about fifteen years to solve problems that Western countries had faced for centuries.

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