Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused the West of launching a ‘total hybrid war’ against Russia.
Speaking on the 80th day of the conflict in Ukraine, Mr Lavrov said it was difficult to predict how long a ‘hybrid war’ would last.
Underlining the barrage of sanctions imposed on Moscow by the West, the minister sought to paint Russia as the target, not the perpetrator, of aggression.
“The collective West has declared our total hybrid war and it is difficult to predict how long all this will last, but it is clear that the consequences will be felt by everyone, without exception,” he said in a speech.
Mr Lavrov said the West’s efforts to isolate Russia were doomed to failure, pointing to the nation’s relations with China, India, Algeria and the Gulf countries.
He also accused Western nations of stealing assets from other countries and losing their reputation as reliable partners.
“In the future, the world economy will be de-Americanized,” he said.
‘We have done everything we can to prevent a direct collision – but now that the challenge has been resolved, we accept it of course.
“Sanctions are not strange to us: they were almost always there in one form or another.”
His remarks come hours after G7 foreign ministers signed a declaration that member states will continue with economic pressure on Russia.
The group, which includes the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Japan, Germany, France and Italy, also supported providing more aid and weapons to Ukraine, as well as speeding up efforts to ‘end confidence in Russia’s energy supplies’.
“We reaffirm our commitment to further increase economic and political pressure on Russia, to continue to act in unity,” a joint statement said.
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West 'Russia has declared war', says Foreign Minister
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