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

Lavrov made the remarks at a meeting of the UN Security Council which was also attended by heads of diplomacy from major international powers, including US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his Chinese colleague, Wang Yi.

However, instead of listening to his counterparts, Lavrov opted to only make an appearance at the time of his speech, leaving the room immediately afterwards.

The Russian minister made no mention of his government’s latest announcements, such as the decision to partially mobilize 300,000 reservists, but harshly criticized the support that countries like the United States and members of the European Union (EU ) bring to Ukraine.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin (L) during a meeting of the United Nations Security Council. EFE/JUSTIN LANE

According to him, these countries are arming and training the Ukrainian army with the “obvious aim” of “prolonging the fight as long as possible despite the losses and destruction in order to exhaust and weaken Russia”.

“This policy presupposes the West’s direct participation in the conflict and integrates it into the conflict,” he insisted.

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

Russia accuses Ukraine of ‘terrorist tactics’

Furthermore, the Russian minister accused Ukraine of “terrorist tactics” such as the use of “human shields” and considered that the country had become a “completely totalitarian state with Nazi overtones in which the norms of international humanitarian law are flouted”.

Lavrov dedicated to parte de su intervención a culpar una vez más a Ucrania del actual conflicto, asegurando que desde 2014 el pays está en manos de “radical nationalistas, rusófobos y neo-Nazis” que han aplastado los derechos de buena parte de la población y prohibido el Russian language.

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

Web editor: Sebastián Bayona

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