MOSCOW, February 27. /TASS/. Washington’s attempts to create a global anti-Russian coalition have failed, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday.
"Washington has failed to make up a global anti-Russian coalition," Lavrov said at the Foreign Ministry’s Diplomatic Academy.
"We are engaged in a dialogue with the majority of the countries. Support of the world community for Russia’s balanced policy is growing," Lavrov said.
Lavrov said Russia will not be forced to change its foreign policy course under pressure from abroad.
The Russian top diplomat criticized the new US national security strategy.
"The new edition of US national security strategy adopted recently by President Barack Obama declares the aim of global dominance and readiness to use military force unilaterally to ensure American interests," Lavrov noted. "This document mentions over a hundred times the exceptional right of the US to exercise the notorious American leadership. It looks like they are trying to convince themselves that it is inevitable," the minister stressed.
"However, it looks like the White House forgot what seeking hegemony to the detriment of other countries’ interests may lead to," Lavrov concluded.
The Cold War "was based on tough ideological bloc confrontation," Lavrov said. "We don’t have any ideological contradictions now. We profess the same principles both in economy and political organization of the society," the minister noted. "Thus, there are no objective prerequisites for what was called the Cold War, for the second edition of the Cold War," he added.
"On the other hand, the ferocity that we see in a number of Western capitals now exceeds the levels seen in the period of the Cold War," the minister stressed.
"It is connected with desire of the US and West in general to retain their dominant positions in the global development, and the West has held these positions for the last centuries," Lavrov noted. "Now, when the wheel of development has put new powerful players on the arena - countries with rapidly growing economies, when new powerful financial centers appeared, it became impossible to build the whole world by templates of one of the branches of the Christian civilization," Lavrov concluded.