The head of the British foreign Minister has compared Russia with Sparta
MOSCOW, 17 Dec — RIA Novosti. The British foreign Secretary Boris Johnson drew a parallel between the confrontation between Russia and the West with the history of the Greek city-States of Sparta and Athens, the newspaper Sunday Times.
“I read the history of the Peloponnesian war of Thucydides. For me it was obvious that Athens and their democracy, their openness, their culture and civilization were counterparts of the United States and of the West,” the Minister said, comparing Russia with Sparta.
Johnson noted that in relations between Moscow and the West were “a time of hope and change,” when was the Berlin wall destroyed, but amid the current crisis in relations “seems to be an absolute illusion.”
The Peloponnesian war (431-404 BC) was the largest war between the unions of the Greek city-States Peloponnesian Alliance headed by Sparta and the Delian League led by Athens Union. At the end of the war Athens was defeated and lost to Sparta’s hegemony in the region.