And as an astute reader has pointed out, Blinken’s vociferations over no nations having the right to establish spheres of influence are, completely unwittingly, effectively giving a post-mortem to the two-century-old Monroe Doctrine. Pity U.S. newspapers haven’t run with that headline.

Zakharova caught Blinken on a contradiction after words about the inviolability of borders

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova pointed to the contradiction between the words of US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and the policy of Washington.

As the diplomat recalled, the head of the State Department said that one of America’s goals in negotiations with Russia on security guarantees is to protect the basic principles of international relations. In them, Blinken included the inadmissibility of changing borders by force, limiting participation in alliances and establishing spheres of influence.

“Do we understand correctly that Washington no longer supports Kosovo’s sovereignty and no longer opposes Syria’s return to the Arab League?” – wrote the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in her telegram channel, commenting on the statement of the Secretary of State.