Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said today that the West had declared a “total hybrid war” against Russia and that it was difficult to predict how long the war would last.
In a speech on the 80th day of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Lavrov stressed Western sanctions against Moscow and sought to portray Russia as the target rather than the perpetrator of an attack.
“The collective West has declared a total hybrid war against us and it is difficult to predict how long it will last, but it is clear that the consequences will be felt by all, without exception,” he said in a statement.
“We did everything we could to avoid a direct confrontation – but now that the challenge has been met, we have, of course, accepted it. “We know from sanctions: they have always existed in one form or another.”
The West’s efforts to isolate Russia are doomed to fail, Lavrov said, stressing the importance of Russia’s relations with China, India, Algeria and the Gulf states.
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