The recent Russian elections do reflect the political reality in that country, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Monday, backing up controversial statements he made last week in Moscow saying the elections were legitimate.
“The results reflect the mood of the country,” Lieberman said at a press conference, adding that he is not saying there were not local problems in certain individual ballots, but that there are “problems in elections” everywhere.
Lieberman, who met with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin last week, said that he was worried about the alternatives to Putin, namely the communists. Part of those taking part in the demonstrations against Putin “are not our friends,” Lieberman said.
Regarding the fact that with his comments about the elections contradicted the US position, Lieberman said there were a number of disagreements with the US Administration, from sanctions on Iran to building in the settlements, and this was another such disagreement. No two countries agree on everything, he said.