RT – March 8, 2018: The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson criticized China’s policy while in Africa and the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov took offence to the comment and said it was inappropriate and reminded the US that they are the ones interfering in other countries’ affairs, pursuing neo-imperialist ambitions.
“I didn’t know that Rex Tillerson is a specialist in Chinese-American relations,” Lavrov said. He added that “it’s not exactly appropriate” for Tillerson to speak about Africa’s relations with other countries, while a guest, especially in such “a negative way.”
Earlier on Thursday (March 8), Tillerson urged African countries to carefully weigh the benefits of Chinese loans at a news conference in the Ethiopian capital during his first diplomatic trip to the continent. “We are not in any way attempting to keep Chinese dollars from Africa,” he said. (BattleForWorld: Taking money from Washington is a kiss of death. For example, note what is happening in Ukraine.)
And Lavrov said that by interfering into the internal affairs of other counties, the US seems to pursue “neo-imperialist” ambitions. “We don’t share such an approach. I consider it ‘neo-imperialist’. And we will never pursue such policies,” he added. And that Russia He added that “has never interfered in other countries’ affairs, despite Washington and other Western countries claiming the contrary on a daily basis.” And emphasized that “not a single fact of this has been presented.”