Russia has accused the United States of using its global democracy policy as an excuse to establish itself as the dominant power in the post Soviet states. It comes after the US vice president launched one of Washington’s strongest attack on Moscow. Speaking at a meeting of Baltic and Black Sea leaders in Vilnius, Dick Cheney warned Moscow that some of its actions could hurt relations with other countries.
“No one can justify actions that undermine the territorial integrity of a neighbour, or interfere with democratic movements. Russia has a choice to make. And there is no question that a return to democratic reform in Russia will generate further success for its people and greater respect among fellow nations,” he said.
Cheney also criticised Russia saying sometimes it uses its vast energy supplies to bully its neighbours. His address marks a hardening of Washington’s stance against Moscow for its record on democracy. The EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana also referred to diplomatic tensions with Russia.