On Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov criticized American assertions that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election, according to The Hill.
An Overview of Lavrov’s Remarks
During his speech at the United Nations, the Russian foreign minister shared the following statements:
“Unjustified accusations of interference in the domestic affairs of particular countries are made while simultaneously engaging in an open campaign to undermine and topple democratically elected governments.”
Lavrov then deepened his criticism, calling out “Western states” in general:
“We see the desire of a number of Western states to retain their self-proclaimed status as ‘world leaders.’ [We see the desire] to slow down the irreversible move toward multipolarity that is objectively taking place.”
“To this end, anything goes, up to and including political blackmail, economic pressure, and brute force. Such illegal actions devalue international law, which lies at the foundation of the postwar world order.”
More on the United States and Russia
Allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election have dominated talks regarding the United States and Russia. Thus far, the U.S. intelligence committee maintains that Russia strategically employed and manipulated social media in order to sway America voters with propaganda.