There’s an “obsession” over these photos within the US and EU, the Russian FM says
Western nations have tried to bar Arab officers from photograph alternatives with Russian counterparts, Russia’s Overseas Minister Sergey Lavrov stated throughout a go to to Egypt on Sunday.
Lavrov revealed that earlier than heading to Cairo he was proven a doc from the Arab League, which has its HQ within the Egyptian capital, talking about “an initiative … by a bunch of ambassadors from the US, France, Germany, the UK and a consultant of the EU.”
“It demanded our Arab pals, firstly condemn, secondly, reject sure actions by Russia. And this initiative particularly careworn that they shouldn’t signal any paperwork with us and take photos with us,” the Russian FM identified after talks along with his Egyptian colleague, Sameh Shoukry.
He additionally recalled how German Overseas Minister Annalena Baerbock lately described a photograph of Turkish Presidet Recep Tayyip Erdogan along with his Russian and Iranian counterparts Vladimir Putin and Ebrahim Raisi as a “problem.” Baerbock added that such a picture was “incomprehensible” to her.
“They’ve an obsession with these photographs,” Lavrov stated of the West. “This isn’t a problem from the sphere of diplomacy; it’s a unique department of learning the human nature,” he added.
Later within the day, the Russian FM met with the Secretary Basic of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit, telling photographers: “Guys, I’ve heard you shouldn’t take photos of me.”
The comment prompted laughter within the room, in keeping with Russian Overseas Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, who shared the second on her Telegram channel.
Zakharova suggested the photographers to ship their photos straight to the US State Division, which she stated is very involved that Moscow might use the pictures for propaganda functions. “They could use them themselves,” she added.