We expected joint, constructive work with France and with other permanent members of the Security Council. But what happened?
The French foreign minister flew from Moscow to Washington, the next day he came out with (U.S. Secretary of State John) Kerry, accused Russia of all the deadly sins, no one spoke to us or discussed anything with us, and tossed the resolution into the Security Council obviously expecting our veto.
What for? Knowing our position, and not discussing it with us, they didn’t chuck in the resolution so it would pass.
But to get the veto. What for? To exacerbate the situation and to whip up anti-Russian hysteria in media under their control, and to deceive their own citizens.
I don’t know if that corresponds to the interests of European countries or not. But to just service like this the foreign policy interests, or maybe even the domestic political interests, of their allies, in this case the United States?
I don’t know. Is that really the role of such serious countries which aspire to conduct independent policies and be called major powers. I don’t know.