Nebenzya: The West considers Africa its backyard and is “jealous” of Russia

Head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell a few years ago, in a conversation with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov on cooperation between Moscow and Mali, called on Russia “don’t dig in the backyard» West. This was announced on February 13 by the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Vasily Nebenzya.

Josep Borrell

Josep Borrell

Ivan Shilov © IA REGNUM

The representative of Russia spoke about the development of Russia’s relations with partners from African countries, adding that this fact “causes jealousy» in Western countries.

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In support of his words, the diplomat spoke about a conversation between the head of the Russian foreign ministry and the current head of European diplomacy, which took place several years ago. According to Nebenzi, Borrell asked Lavrov why Russia is cooperating with Mali. The Russian minister responded by saying that it is a sovereign country, and it decides itself with whom to deal.

The head of European diplomacy reacted to this with the following phrase: “Do not dig in our backyard”, – the international television channel RT quoted him as saying.

As reported IA REGNUMformer national security adviser to the President of the United States John Bolton said that the President of Russia Vladimir Putin always understood English well.

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