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Lavrov stresses ‘obvious Russophobic connotations’ at G7 foreign ministers summit

Russia was the main topic on the agenda of the two-day meeting of the G7 top diplomats

BEIJING, April 24. /TASS/. The Russophobic connotations in the work of the G7 are obvious, but Moscow is ready to patiently defend its position, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday, commenting on the outcome of the meeting of G7 foreign ministers.

"As for the outcome of the meeting of foreign ministers in Toronto, of course, the Russophobic connotations there are obvious," he pointed out. 

"We will patiently defend our position, wait until our partners realize that such policy is a dead end," he added.

At the same time, he noted that the main issues that are important for the international community are being discussed in other formats. "Political, military and political issues are discussed in the UN Security Council, generally within the UN, and economic issues, of course, cannot be resolved outside the framework of the Group of Twenty," Lavrov said.

Russia was the main topic on the agenda of the two-day meeting of the G7 Foreign Ministers, which was attended by representatives of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Britain, Japan and the United States, as well as High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini. According to the statement, the countries could impose new sanctions against the Russian Federation because of the situation in Donbass, and accused Moscow of destabilizing the situation in the world.

The meeting of foreign ministers of the G7 countries was held in Toronto, Canada, on April 22-23. A meeting of G7 foreign and security ministers is held on April 23-24. Canada holds the G7 Presidency from January 1 to December 31, 2018.