Mon. Sep 26th, 2022

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

Lavrov expressed himself as such at a meeting of the UN Security Council attended by the heads of diplomacy of major international powers, including US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

However, instead of listening to his counterparts, Lavrov chose to attend his speech, leaving the room immediately after.

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

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin (L) during a UN Security Council meeting. EFE/Justin Lane

According to him, those countries are arming and training Ukraine’s army “with the clear aim” to “prolong the fight as long as possible despite the casualties and destruction in order to weaken and weaken Russia.”

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

According to Lavrov, Russia’s armed forces today “face not only the neo-Nazi formations of the Kiev regime, but the combined Western military machine.”

Russia accuses Ukraine of ‘terror tactics’

In addition, the Russian minister accused Ukraine of using “terrorist tactics” such as “human shields” and opined that the country had “turned into a totalitarian state with Nazi hegemony where the norms of international humanitarian law are trampled upon.”

Lavrov devoted a good part of his speech to once again blaming Ukraine for the current conflict, asserting that since 2014 the country has been in the hands of “radical nationalists, Russophobes and neo-Nazis” who have crushed the rights of a large part of Ukraine. Population and the Russian language are prohibited.

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

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