Lavrov: West's 'Russiaphobia' worse than during Cold War

Postado Janeiro 23, 2018

On Sunday, Lavrov said the West's "Russiaphobia" is "unprecedented", worse now than during the Cold War's heightened period of tension. "We never saw this during the Cold War", Lavrov, fresh from a visit to NY on Thursday and Friday, said in an interview with the Russian daily Kommersant's online edition.

Russian Federation is also mired in a doping scandal which led to the exclusion of its athletes from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and the World Athletics Championships in London a year ago. Trump at the time called the legislation "seriously flawed", while Putin vehemently denied any wrongdoing by his country.

Western countries hit Moscow with sanctions in 2014 in response to its takeover of Ukraine's Crimean region and its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Russian Federation and the US are locked in mutual accusations of violating a 30-year-old treaty that bans intermediate-range cruise missiles. Moscow has since denied sending troops and heavy weaponry to eastern Ukraine-a charge the West, Ukraine and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation have argued. "Clean" Russian athletes will be allowed to take part under the Olympic banner.

The foreign minister criticized what he said were "efforts to punish Russian Federation by any means possible", specifically citing sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union - moves he called "absurd and baseless".