Saturday, August 18, 2018

Russia warns US back on PH buying Russian equipment: 'we never interfere, we expect others to do the same'





Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev



US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Randall Schriver’s had recently warned the Philippine government against buying military equipment like submarines from Russia.

"I think they should think very carefully about that," Schriver said during a roundtable interview with the reporters on Thursday at the US Embassy in Manila.

“If they were to proceed with purchasing major Russian equipment, I don't think that's a helpful thing to do [in our] alliance and I think ultimately we can be a better partner than the Russians can be," Schriver

said.

In response, the Russian Embassy in Manila also issued its statement through its Facebook page warning the US high-ranking official to stop interfering between the bilateral relations of the Philippines to Russia.

Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev stressed that Russia has never made any comments about the Philippines’ foreign relations, thus, other countries should also do the same.

Khovaev also cited that Schriver’s action “may point to acute attack of colonial syndrome”

Below is the complete statement of the Russian Ambassador to the Philippines:

 The Russian Federation has never made comments on foreign relations of the #Philippines. And we do not intend to do it in the future. At the same time we expect other countries to do likewise and to refrain from interfering into the relations of the Russian Federation and the Republic of the Philippines as two independent sovereign states and equal partners.

The defense cooperation between #Russia and the Philippines is a matter of bilateral relations and does not involve any third country in any way. This cooperation is in full compliance with all existing international arms control regimes. We believe it meets strategic interests of the Philippine nation and will definitely contribute to the regional peace and stability.*

We cannot but note the outrageous remarks of Mr. Schriver about Russia itself whose Government he called “regime”. It is worthwile to remind Mr. Schriver that such term is used for those rulers who swept into power through coup d’état or other unlawful means. Just like it happened in Ukraine in 2014 when the radical nationalists sponsored by the USA and European Union put into power a regime that triggered a civil war in the eastern part of this country.

In Russia, unlike in the United States of America, all heads of executive and legislative bodies from the level of municipality to the federal level are elected by direct democratic vote. There are no countries that refused to recognize the results of any elections in Russia.

As for the so called “laundry list”, such preposterous claims do not hold water. Those are all groundless speculations.

It was the will of more than 2 mln #Crimean residents who voted at open and free referendum to become again a part of their historic homeland – Russia and, therefore, to prevent the deployment of American military bases in the peninsula. Their will must be respected. Anyone doubting that it was a voluntary decision of the people is welcome in Crimea to see for himself/herself. *

Alleged “chemical attack” is just a string of accusations bordering on the absurd in their lack of common sense or sense of reality. Since March 2018 we have heard a lot about the so-called Skripal case but no results of the actual investigation were shown to the public.

We would like Mr. Schriver to be more specific and also give us American “laundry list”, including #Afghanistan#Iraq#Libya which have not turned out to be beacons of democracy but became a breeding ground for terrorism. Under the pretext of promoting democracy and protecting human rights countless horrendous crimes against humanity have been committed in those countries.

The American defense official mentioned the issue of interoperability of military equipment. Such a problem does exist but its extent is exaggerated. Experience of other countries shows that this obstacle could be overcome. On the other hand, the matter that should be of grave concern is mental interoperability. 

The mentoring of Mr. Schriver is an example of this. The mental interoperability could be only achieved by letting go of outdated clichés, prejudices, and phobias.

Mr. Schriver’s interview may point to acute attack of #colonial syndrome. It is another testament that this sickness as well as propensity to lecture other countries and give unsolicited advice is still prevalent in #Washington. We believe it is high time for them to get over this predicament and face modern world as it is.