World majority still doing business with Russia – diplomat

By trying to isolate Moscow, the West has only isolated itself, the top economic director at the Russian Foreign Ministry has said

World majority still doing business with Russia – diplomat

World majority still doing business with Russia – diplomat

The rest of the world refuses to join the West, Dmitry Birichevsky has said

More than 130 countries were represented at this year’s St. Petersburg International Economic forum, while the West was not invited and not particularly wanted, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s director of economic cooperation, Dmitry Birichevsky, said in an interview on Wednesday.

“It’s not that the West didn’t attend SPIEF this year  – we simply didn’t invite them,” Birichevsky told the outlet RTVI. 

“Look, there are approximately 200 countries in the UN, more than 130 of them are represented in one way or another at the SPIEF. As we say, the world majority is here,” said the diplomat. “The several dozen countries that have introduced illegal restrictive measures against our country – well, they’re not here, they don’t want to be here, and we’re not particularly expecting them either.”

“absolutely counterproductive way of doing things in world politics, diplomacy, and even more so in the economy,” said Birichevsky.

“See how European businesses have suffered since the severing of ties with Russia,” Birichevsky pointed out. “In particular, Germany, as the engine of Europe, has actually already admitted that it is in stagnation or even in recession.”

“Trust in the West has been seriously undermined. We can no longer build relationships, as the Westerners themselves say, business as usual. We no longer believe what we are told,” Birichevsky told RTVI. If and when the West realizes they’ve made a mistake, it might be possible to deal with them again, he added. “Right now, predicting anything economic with the West is absolutely unpromising.”