Zakharova called incorrect comparison of Russia with the «evil» Sparta

© RIA Novosti / Eugene to Novostinearly in fatabonapicallo the representative of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia Maria Zakharova during a briefing in Moscow. Archival photoZakharova called incorrect comparison of Russia with the «evil» Sparta© RIA Novosti / Eugene to Novostinearly the image Bank

The official representative of the foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova considered a statement of the British foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who has compared Russia with Sparta, is incorrect.
«And it’s not even that Russia was never a «militant country», unlike those of European countries. The essence of the contradictions Athens and Sparta — oligarchy as the basis for the device the last. I think nothing is more oligarchic than the United Kingdom, it is impossible to imagine,» wrote the diplomat on his page in Facebook.

The diplomat added that Britain both in the past and now based on the «powerful oligarchic Foundation.”

However, Zakharova said that the truth is in comparison with the British Minister there. «The war of Athens and Sparta weakened classical Greece, which was used by the Persians and Macedonians. Today’s feuds that are planted and actively cultivates the West, particularly on the European continent, of course, weaken the Western civilization and make it vulnerable to such threats, such as ISIL,” she wrote.

Zakharova added that «free historical Parallels” can bring Johnson to the point that one day he will see in your own country, for example, the island of Lesbos.

Said Johnson

Johnson compared the relations between Russia and the West confrontation of the ancient city-States of Sparta and Athens. On this parallel the British Minister gave the history of the Peloponnesian war of Thucydides.

The Peloponnesian war (431-404 BC) – the largest conflict between the associations of the Greek city-States Peloponnesian Alliance headed by Sparta and the Delian League led by Athens Union. Athens was defeated and gave Sparta the leadership in the region.

Good and evil Athens Sparta

«For me, it was obvious that Athens and their democracy, their openness, their culture and civilization were counterparts of the United States and the West,» said the Minister in an interview with the Sunday Times, adding that Russia can be compared with Sparta.

The Minister noted that relations between Moscow and the West were «a time of hope and change» when he destroyed the Berlin wall, but on the background of the current crisis in relations «seems to be completely illusory.»

Three hundred Spartans

Historical parallel Johnson said in the state Duma and the foreign Ministry. According to the Deputy of «United Russia” Vitaly Milonov, if Russia – Sparta, the West should not compare with Athens, and the army of Persian king Xerxes.

«I hope that Mr. Johnson was referring to the resilience and loyalty of our countrymen to their ideals and willingness to defend them even in the minority, as demonstrated by the 300 Spartans in Thermopylae gorge. But I would compare the modern West is not ancient Athens, and the army of Xerxes the Great», — Milonov told RIA Novosti.

The parliamentarian noted that Russia, not Britain or the United States stand in defense of true European values.

«Legions of enemies of family values, the enemies of authentic European culture trying to conquer us and impose us a dictatorship tolerant of multiculturalism and deprive us of economic freedom, replacing them with synthetic substitutes spiritual fast food», — said the Deputy.

During the battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC 300 Spartans led by Tsar Leonid have blocked a way of many thousands army of Persian king Xerxes. Despite the numerical superiority of the enemy, the Spartans stubbornly kept the defense. Their bravery has inspired all of Greece to unite against the foe, fractures thus move Greco-Persian wars.