The United States’ plans to isolate Russia in the world have failed, which explains Washington’s attempts to label Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism with the hands of others, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Sunday.
MojNews_ "They are using others to materialize their idea [to add Russia to this list]. As a matter of fact, the Baltic states have already spoken out on this topic," she said in an interview with the Voskresny Vecher (Sunday Evening) with Vladimir Solovyov program on the Rossiya-۱ television channel.
She stressed that the West has failed to isolate Russia, as it has failed to cancel Russian culture and history.
"It did not happen. The world has paid no heed to everything Washington was saying. The West has self-isolated from our country and then it triggered Plan B - to do harm wherever possible. Mostly by proxy," she said, adding that Washington prefers to do it via those countries, which joint the European Union not long ago. In her words, the governments of Eastern European nations are not "the elite, which is responsible for its steps", and WashingtoAn is making use of it.
She recalled that Moscow has clearly explained to Washington which consequences this step (listing Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism) may entail.
"If they can read, they, probably, understand. We have said that many times - not only orally, but also in written commentaries, and even translated them into English. So, the question is to the people we deal with. But everything has been said many times," Zakharova stressed.
Latvia’s parliament on Thursday adopted a statement recognizing Russia’s actions in Ukraine as terrorism and declaring Russia a state sponsor of terrorism. Apart from that, the Latvian lawmakers called on EU countries to suspend issuing entry visas to Russian nationals. Commenting on this statement, Zakharova said that Latvia’s steps are rooted in visceral xenophobia and have no grounds.
Ukraine also called on the United States to add Russia to the list of state sponsors of terrorism. The same calls have been heard from a number of US lawmakers.
She also said that the Russian side is ready for a professional conversation and concrete steps to exchange prisoners with the United States.
"I would like to stress once again: the Russian side is ready for a professional conversation and concrete steps inn this area. But only professionally. People who are to deal with these matters are ready. And this work is not done in the public eye," she said when asked about the chances for swapping Russian national Viktor Bout, who is serving his sentence in the United States, this year.
"As for the Russian side, everything is ready for that. If the American side continues to indulge in awful political intrigues and quarrelling, then let American citizens know their ‘heroes,’" she said.
Earlier. Washington proposed to Moscow to swap Russian businessman Viktor Bout, who is serving a prison term in the United States for alleged arms trafficking, for US national Brittney Griner, convicted in Russia for drug trafficking and possession, and Paul Whelan, who was convicted on espionage charges.
A possible prisoner exchange was among the topics of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on July ۲۹. The Russian side said after their telephone talks that Lavrov suggested that low-key diplomacy would be more appropriate on this matter.