Russia is defending itself against sanctions and wants to justify the invasion of Ukraine by accusing the West of having initiated a “hybrid and total war” against it.
Russia responds. As the conflict bogs down and Russia finds it difficult to gain ground while being targeted by numerous economic sanctions, the Kremlin has multiplied the threats against the West, which it accuses of having launched a “hybrid and total war”, by the voice of Sergei Lavrov, and warned Finland vis-à-vis a potential membership in NATO, described as a “mistake” by Vladimir Putin himself.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has accused the West of waging a “hybrid and total” war against Russia, assuring for his part “to have done everything to avoid total confrontation”, during a press conference, while Moscow has launched an offensive in Ukraine for more than two months now.
Deploring a “Russophobia” led by “civilized countries”, Sergei Lavrov wanted to be offensive vis-à-vis what he describes as “hostile attacks” in the direction of Moscow.
“Our diplomats very often face very difficult conditions in their work. Even in the darkest hours of history, such dismissal does not exist,” he pleaded, referring to the many Western ambassadors based in Russia recalled by their country of origin.
He also denounced the trade sanctions issued by the West towards Russian energies. “We consider that the behavior of our European partners is not acceptable,” he insisted.
“We must fight back,” he warned, recalling the ties uniting Russia with several countries in Asia, the Middle East and South America, opening the door to the strengthening of certain alliances or the creation of news.
Finland joining NATO would be a “mistake” for Putin
Vladimir Putin, for his part, denounced the possible end of Finland’s military neutrality, which he described as a “mistake”, this Saturday, during a telephone interview with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinistö, according to a press release. of the Kremlin.
“Vladimir Putin stressed that ending the traditional policy of military neutrality would be a mistake, since there is no threat to Finland’s security,” the statement said.
The announcement of Helsinki’s candidacy for NATO membership, seen with a very dim view by Moscow, is expected on Sunday.
“Such a change in the political orientation of the country can have a negative impact on Russian-Finnish relations, which have developed for years in the spirit of good neighborliness and cooperation between partners, being mutually beneficial”, assures Kremlin statement.
The two leaders also discussed the situation in Ukraine where Russia has been leading an offensive since February 24, Vladimir Putin having informed his Finnish counterpart of “the state of the Russian-Ukrainian talks, practically suspended by kyiv which shows no interest in a constructive and serious dialogue”, according to the same source.
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