Moscow not sure it needs resumed ties with West, will work on ties with China -Lavrov

(Reuters) - Russia's foreign minister said on Monday that Moscow will examine offers from the West to restore ties and determine whether it is necessary, but will focus on developing ties with China.
Sergei Lavrov, speaking in a question-and-answer session at an event in Moscow, said Western countries had championed "Russophobia" since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine - what Moscow has dubbed a "special military operation."
Russia is working to replace goods imported from Western countries, he said, and will only rely on "reliable" countries that are not committed to the West in the future.
"If they (the West) want to offer anything in terms of resuming relations, we will seriously consider whether we need it or not," Lavrov said, according to a transcript on the foreign ministry's website.
Lavrov lodged complaints with Western countries, which he said were determined to change the rules of international relations to Russia's detriment.
"We must stop depending in any way on supplies of absolutely everything from the West to ensure the development of critically important security, economic or social sectors of our homeland," he said.
Moscow says its incursion is aimed at demilitarizing Ukraine after it embodied a 2014 Western-inspired coup that embodied extreme nationalism and ousted a pro-Russian president.
Lavrov said Moscow's goal now is to further expand ties with China.
"Now that the West has taken a 'dictatorial position,' our economic ties with China will grow even faster," Lavrov said.
"In addition to direct revenue for the state budget, this is an opportunity to develop (Russia's) Far East and Eastern Siberia."
China has information and communication technologies "that are in no way inferior to the West. Much here ensures mutual benefit."
Lavrov said Russia will "rely only on ourselves and on countries that have proven themselves reliable and will not dance to another piper's music". If Western countries change their minds and propose some form of cooperation, then we can decide.”
(Reporting in Melbourne by Lidia Kelly and in Winnipeg by Ronald Popeski; writing in Melbourne by Lidia Kelly; editing by Chris Reese and Christopher Cushing)
Sergey Lavrov
Russian politician and foreign minister

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