The new U.S. administration will not submit to collective decisions even after the country’s return to multilateral formats and will pursue only its own interests, Lavrov said. Sergey Lavrov, head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, shared these expectations.
Lavrov recalled that Washington has recently abandoned a number of international structures and agreements, including UNESCO, the UN Human Rights Council and the Paris climate agreement.
“Yes, they say that the new administration of the United States will be more predisposed to return to international structures, but the trend is still there, and the trend is that the United States, even when they and if they return to one or another multilateral structures, still they send a signal that they do not want to submit their actions to collective decisions, if these collective decisions do not reflect U.S. interests a hundred percent, and such by definition cannot be,” Lavrov said at the “Dialogue for the Future” forum.
Earlier, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said that Moscow was not expecting anything good from the administration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden. According to Ryabkov, the Trump administration has left a difficult legacy to the next president. At the same time, the Foreign Ministry doubts that Biden’s team is determined to create a “healthy basis” for dialogue with Russia.
On December 15, Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Joe Biden on his victory in the presidential election. In his telegram, the Russian leader wished the president-elect every success and expressed confidence that Russia and the U.S. “can, despite disagreements, really help solve many problems and challenges the world is facing now.