Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that he "will not run" to Washington for talks after his American counterpart Antony Blinken refused to meet him on the sidelines of a G20 meeting.
"It's not us who abandoned the contacts, it's the United States (...) We are not going to run after anyone who suggests a meeting," Sergei Lavrov told reporters in Bali, where the G20 Foreign Ministers Meeting is taking place.
The United States has tried to isolate Russia on the international scene and Antony Blinken's entourage has explained that there is no need to have discussions with the Russian minister as long as Moscow continues its offensive in Ukraine.
While welcoming the neutral attitude of the host country, Indonesia, Sergei Lavrov denounced the approach of the Western countries that are members of the group of the 20 largest economies in the world.
"Our Western partners were trying to avoid talking about global economic issues," he said.
“As soon as they spoke, they almost immediately launched into a frenzied criticism of Russia over the situation in Ukraine, calling us aggressors.”
“Everyone called on us to end this operation and reach a peaceful settlement,” he continued.
“Despite this attitude from our Western colleagues, it was a useful discussion.”