Back in January, the UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss requested a
photo-op meeting with Russian Foreign Secretary Sergey Lavrov to discuss the current situation around the Russian Federation asking for security guarantees from NATO - which in the west is portrayed as Russian aggression against Ukraine.
As you can expect from any member of current the British government, Liz Truss was completely out of her depth, hadn’t read her brief (or at least understood it) and had the usual total lack of understanding regarding the Russian position.
At the press conference following the meeting that lasted approximately two hours, Sergey Lavrov said he had spoken in great detail about the security guarantees Russia wants from NATO but said “It was like a conversation with a deaf person” and that is was like talking to someone “who is here, but doesn’t hear.” Liz Truss later saying that the UK is resolute in finding a diplomatic path to avoid war.
Of course a bit rich coming from the west, who guaranteed there would be no further eastern expansion of NATO following the re-unification of Germany.
The same west that orchestrated the 2014 coup d’état in Ukraine against the democratically elected government, because they didn’t like the result. Replacing it with a government comprised of far-right ultra-nationalists and white-supremacists all too busy glorifying Nazi-collaborators than actually governing the country, resulting in rebellion in Donetsk and Luhansk and wide-spread attacks on the 20% ethnically Russian (rising to over 50% in eastern and southern Ukraine) population by neo-Nazis. Crimea voted 97% in favour of re-joining the Russian Federation with an 83% voter turnout to get away from the Ukrainian nationalists.
Showing how badly Liz Truss misunderstands the situation after demanding that Russia moves its troops away from the border, Lavrov asked if she “recognised Russian sovereignty over the Rostov and Voronezh regions?”. Liz Truss replying with "The UK will never recognize Russia’s sovereignty over those regions".
What a joke. She had to be saved by the ambassador who explained Rostov and Voronezh are part of Russia. It wasn’t even like Lavrov was trying to trip her up - these are literally the regions where the Russian troop build-ups have been happening - she hadn’t even read her brief.
How typical of the west, demanding where Russia can station its troops within its own country - meanwhile having half of its own military forces around the otherside of the world and stationed in countries surrounding Russia.
Further embarrassment has also been caused recently when Liz Truss said “we are supplying and offering extra support into our Baltic allies across the Black Sea.”
Russian Foreign Office spokesman Maria Zakharova, didn’t hold back:
“Ms Truss, your knowledge of history is nothing compared to your knowledge of geography. If anyone needs saving from anything, it’s the world, from the stupidity and ignorance of British politicians.”