Borrell himself had previously called Mali and Eritrea "easy countries" for Russia.

He accused Moscow of "spreading lies" on the African continent.

“This is said by a person who does not know how to hide the racist essence of his vision of the world,” Lavrov replied, quoted by RIA Novosti.

In Mali, Lavrov held talks with Malian Foreign Minister Abdoulaye Diop.

Earlier, the Russian minister had already noted that the “rules-based order” imposed by the West presupposes a racist division of the world into exceptional and the rest.

Thus, in his October speech, Borrell noted that in order to prevent "the invasion of the jungle into the garden," the gardener "needs to go out into the jungle."

After that, he was forced to apologize for his comparison.

Borrell dismissed claims that the metaphor could be interpreted as a manifestation of "colonial Eurocentrism".