German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier explained the events in Washington by the lies of high-level officials. Der Spiegel reported this on Thursday, January 7. “The scenes we have seen are the result of lies and more lies, division and contempt for democracy, hatred, and incitement of the crowd, including at the highest level,” the head of state said.
He called the unrest in the States a “storm at the heart of democracy” and noted that this moment could be a turning point for the United States.
“I am confident that American democracy is stronger than this hatred,” Steinmeier added.
Earlier Thursday, Congress approved the election of Democrat Joe Biden as president amid riots in the U.S. capital.
Head of the State Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs Leonid Slutsky said that the riots in the U.S. against the backdrop of the presidential election cast a shadow on the entire process of the democratic transfer of power.
In his turn, Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky called the events in Washington “unprecedented violence”.
The day before, the United States Congress had to approve the results of the presidential election, according to which Biden had been elected the new president. The session was abruptly interrupted when Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building and rioted.
Police fired tear gas to disperse the protesters, gunshots were heard, and one woman died from wounds. Special forces entered the congress building and all protesters were escorted out.
Later, the Senate resumed the session in the Capitol and continued to count the votes of the electors. According to the latest information, more than 50 protesters were detained during the riots. Four people were killed as a result.
In a November 2020 interview with Russian and foreign media, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow respects the right of the American people to decide their own fate. He recalled that the Russian leadership, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, has repeatedly expressed its willingness to work with any leadership that would be elected on the basis of American law.