Russia's top lawmaker has accused the United States of trying to colonize Europe through its policies, stating Washington has already put Europe’s military and political spheres under its control and now trade and finance sectors are being targeted.
Sergey Naryshkin, the speaker of Russia’s lower house of parliament, made the remarks in an article posted on the Russian business daily Vedomosti’s website on Tuesday.
Naryshkin said the US is seeking world supremacy and its geopolitical policy relies on the character of colonizers.
"The new conflicts in various regions of the planet that often emerge due to external provocations show that the instincts of colonizers have not disappeared. They are presented with renewed vigor and by some carpetbaggers from the European continent, and they have become the essence of geopolitical strategy for the US," said Naryshkin.
The State Duma speaker also accused European countries of obeying the US in its policy in military and political affairs and warned that Washington is now seeking to control Europe’s trade and finance sectors.
"The obedience of almost the whole Europe in military affairs has already been reached, and many things are under control in political affairs. Now it’s time for trade and finances," said Naryshkin.
The top lawmaker also spoke of US sanctions against Russian individuals and entities over the crisis in Ukraine, saying Washington’s goal is the signing of a tough and all-encompassing financial deal with the European Union, in which the bloc will have the role of a younger partner.
"America needs the lengthy sanctions saga that comes in violation of the international law and the atmosphere of information hysteria to continue the unpunished economic banditry," Naryshkin added.
Naryshkin called on European citizens "to make practical conclusions that are important for a new grouping of forces calling for a fair world order that is based on the law."
Russia has been targeted by a series of sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union over allegations that Moscow is arming and supporting pro-Russia forces fighting in eastern Ukraine. The Kremlin, however, calls the accusation "groundless.”