Russia will respond harshly to any unfriendly US action


"Attempts to talk with us from a position of strength are doomed to failure from the beginning. We will respond harshly and decisively to unfriendly actions. One should interact honestly if Washington really wants stable and predictable, as they put it, relations," Lavrov told the Indonesian Rakyat Merdeka newspaper when asked about the future of Moscow-Washington ties after a summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his American counterpart, Joe Biden, in Geneva last month.

Lavrov said that, immediately after the summit, US officials resumed their aggressive rhetoric toward Russia and continued to threaten to exert new pressure on Moscow if it failed to accept "the rules of the game" outlined in Geneva.