Russia today accused the United States of trying to draw new dividing lines between countries with the virtual summit for democracy called by US President Joe Biden for the next days 9 and 10 December.
‘We certainly have a negative attitude towards that event. It is nothing more than an attempt to draw new dividing lines, ‘Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said at his daily telephone press conference.
The US president invited about 110 countries to the virtual summit, including neither Russia nor China.
Peskov recalled that in the early 1990s Moscow and Washington fought to “reduce and eliminate these dividing lines.”
“Now, unfortunately, the United States prefers to create a new dividing line and divide countries into good and bad, according to its criteria,” he stressed.
He accused the US of trying to ‘privatize the word’ democracy ‘, to add that for Washington democracy is only what conforms to its understanding of it.
“It is clear that this should not and cannot be the case,” stressed the spokesman for the Russian Presidency.
He added that this American approach does not correspond to the feelings and moods of the world, since “more and more countries prefer to decide for themselves how to live.”
The December summit will be the first of two on democracy to be held by Biden with the stated goal of achieving a ‘democratic renewal’ by defending against authoritarianism, fighting corruption or respecting human rights.