[Ed. – That criticism, too, is just for the consumption of the “stupid” American people. Note: Lavrov didn’t say this off the cuff in an informal setting. He announced it in addressing the Duma.]
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday that Secretary of State John Kerry told him to “ignore” recent statements by President Obama, which placed Russia’s involvement in Ukraine on a par with global threats such as ISIS terrorism and Ebola.
Comments by the president, made at a Democratic campaign fundraiser last month and in his speech at the U.N. General Assembly in New York in September, angered Russia, which said at the time Obama was effectively placing Russia in the top tier of threats to international security.
Speaking in the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, Lavrov told lawmakers he had raised Obama’s comments with Kerry, who told him to “ignore” the criticism. (Russian media variously translated his words as “ignore,” “don’t pay any attention,” “pay it no mind” or “forget about it.”) …
Asked about Lavrov’s comments, State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said Wednesday “that is an incorrect characterization.”