Russia says the West is part of the war because of its support for Kyiv

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Peter Kavinsky

United Nations (EFE). — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday accused the West of arming Ukraine for the sole purpose of weakening Russia and assured that this policy makes the United States and Europe “part” of this conflict.

Lavrov put it this way at a meeting of the UN Security Council, which was also attended by the heads of diplomacy of the main international powers, including US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

However, instead of listening to his colleagues, Lavrov chose to appear only during his speech, and immediately after him to leave the hall.

The Russian minister did not mention his government’s recent announcements, such as the decision to partially mobilize 300,000 reservists, but he sharply criticized the support given to Ukraine by countries such as the United States and members of the European Union (EU).

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (right) and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin (left) during a meeting of the UN Security Council. EFE/JUSTIN LANE

According to him, these countries are arming and training the Ukrainian army with the “obvious goal” of “continuing the fight for as long as possible, despite losses and destruction, in order to wear down and weaken Russia.”

“This policy assumes the direct participation of the West in the conflict and makes them part of the conflict,” he stressed.

According to Lavrov, the Russian armed forces today are confronting “not only the neo-Nazi formations of the Kyiv regime, but also the military machine of the collective West.”

Russia accuses Ukraine of “terrorist tactics”

In addition, the Russian minister accused Ukraine of “terrorist tactics” such as the use of “human shields” and opined that the country has become “an absolutely totalitarian state with Nazi overtones that violates the norms of international humanitarian law.”

Lavrov devoted a good part of his speech to once again accusing Ukraine of the current conflict, assuring that since 2014 the country has been in the hands of “radical nationalists, Russophobes and neo-Nazis” who have infringed on the rights of a significant part of the population and banned the Russian language.

For these and other reasons, he stressed, the “special military operation” launched by Moscow was “inevitable.”

Web Editing: Sebastian Baiona

Peter Kavinsky

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