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Question: Recently, US Secretary of State E. Blinken announced the inclusion of Russia, along with China and Iran, in the list of countries “involved or tolerant”, according to Washington, in “systematic and flagrant violations” of religious freedoms. How can you comment on this step by the United States? Will there be any retaliatory measures?

Answer: In connection with the statement of the US Secretary of State E. Blinken, the Russian position was stated by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry M. V. Zakharova on November 25 of this year. In this regard, I would like to say only the following.

The American side with enviable persistence peddles the religious theme, hangs labels on unwanted countries, including Russia, in which, allegedly, freedom of religion is being violated. It is simply amazing how the United States, arbitrarily and shamelessly assuming the function of some kind of international overseer, decided to regulate world religious affairs at its own discretion.

To MV Zakharova’s commentary, I will add that this is another unfriendly act of the United States towards our country, reflecting the intention to convince the world community of a large-scale infringement of the rights of believers in Russia, which is absolutely not true.

Outraged by the categorical American formulation “flagrant violations of freedom of religion.” We have to repeat again and again that in Russia there is no persecution on religious grounds, there are no prisoners who, even with a stretch, could be ranked among the “prisoners of conscience.” Let me remind you that in Russian justice, punishment is determined depending on the fact and severity of an administrative offense and a criminal offense.

Leading others, the Americans forget that it is they who deliberately politicize the religious sphere, have created a kind of, in fact, “pocket”, the International Alliance of Religious Freedoms in order to encourage loyal and punish unwanted countries and regimes. Have such approaches used by the Americans, their dictatorship and pressure led to positive results? In the history of interstate relations, if I am not mistaken, there are no such examples. It is an inertial approach that drives a situation where delicacy, tact and restraint is required, into a dead end.

Will we answer? Of course, another American attack, fitting into a number of other unfriendly actions of the United States against our country, will not go unnoticed. We will expose the American desire to use the religious factor to realize our foreign policy ambitions. An example of brutal American pressure is not our way.

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