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Russia to respond harshly to unfriendly US steps, Lavrov says

Moscow plans to respond harshly to Washington’s possible unfriendly steps, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with Indonesian newspaper Rakyat Merdeka, Trend reports citing TASS.

“Russian leader [Vladimir Putin] clearly stated, including in public, that the result in all directions is possible only through finding a mutually acceptable balance of interests strictly on a parity basis. No objection sounded at the talks [with US President Joe Biden in Geneva]. However, almost immediately after they were over US officials, including participants of the Geneva meeting, with redoubled force started their previous lectures: well, we “told Moscow, we clearly warned and outlined demands.” By the way, all these warnings come along with threats: if Russia “within several months” fails to accept “the rules of the game” outlined in Geneva it will be subject to new pressure,” Lavrov said.

“The attempts to hold dialogue with us from the position of force are initially doomed to failure: we will respond harshly and resolutely to unfriendly steps. There is the need for fair cooperation if Washington really wants stable and predicted relations, as it says,” Russia’s top diplomat said.

Moscow believes that the Russian-US summit was frank and business-like, but still has no illusions, Lavrov stressed. “Meanwhile, we are satisfied, that the sides, which made principled statements, showed a wish to understand each other. It should be considered that the key outcome is a modest but still a step forward towards restoring normal relations between our countries, which as we are strongly convinced, are impossible without mutual respect and taking into account each other’s interests,” Lavrov said.

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Suez Canal blockage proves relevance of alternative Russia-Iran-India trade route, Foreign Minister Lavrov says

The traffic jam in the Suez Canal that threatened to further shatter global trade has shown the importance of alternative routes, like the one linking Russia and India via Iran, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said.

The multinational trade link, officially known as the North–South International Transport Corridor (ITC), is one of the major infrastructure projects in the region, the Russian diplomat said in a recent interview to IRNA news agency. He added that the route could be a “basis for the creation of a single ‘seamless’ transport, logistics, and economic space” between Iran and Russia, which will host most of the corridor’s land route.
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“Addressing such a task appears especially relevant at the moment when the recent incident with the blocking of the Suez Canal has highlighted the need for reliable land transport routes,” Lavrov said. 

In March, the narrow but vital waterway along Egypt, which accounts for about 15% of global shipping traffic, remained blocked for six days after a massive container ship got stuck there. The blockage of the shipping artery resulted in losses for shippers and forced some to reroute their vessels. It also put more pressure on supply chains, which were previously crippled by the coronavirus pandemic. 
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Both Russia and Iran have been investing in infrastructure projects that are necessary for the implementation of the North–South ITC. According to Lavrov, Russia launched relevant plans and programs, including for the Caspian Sea region. Meanwhile, Tehran is building approaches to the Anzali Free Trade Zone, which has maritime links with ports in the Caspian Sea basin.

“This will substantially boost the competitiveness of the North–South ITC and its attractiveness for shippers,” the foreign minister noted. 

The 7,200-kilometer-long trade route is set to connect Russia, India, Iran and Azerbaijan. Trade via the North–South ITC is expected to benefit companies, allowing them to lower shipping times and cut transportation costs.

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