Society in the United States is split, and the ruling authorities are trying to quash this split using authoritarian methods, the Russian Foreign Minister said on Thursday.

Iran PressEurope: "Look at what is happening in the US, how society is divided, how the ruling authorities are now trying to suppress this split by using rather authoritarian methods," Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with TV news anchor Dmitry Kiselyov.

That said, the US is also seeking to make the rest of the world forget about its history by "spreading a new 'free democracy' everywhere," as it did to its own country, the top diplomat noted.

"[US National Security Advisor] Jake Sullivan <...> wrote a whole article where he once again discussed the subject of exceptionalism and said outright, I think, an awful thing: ‘No vision of American exceptionalism can succeed if the United States does not defeat the emerging vision that emphasizes ethnic and cultural identity’."

This means only one thing: everyone else is denied the right to remember their history. And the Americans want to take everybody through the ‘melting pot’ like they ‘melted’ all the people who came to America in their time, so that they all, in fact, will be American," Lavrov stated.