The US and UK need to escalate the Russia-Ukraine battle into a bigger confrontation between Moscow and members of the European Union, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov mentioned on Wednesday in an interview with RT and Sputnik.
“Our US and British colleagues… with the support from the Germans, Poles, and the Baltic states, very much want to make this war a real war, pitting Russia against European countries,” Lavrov mentioned, chatting with RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan.
The Western governments are “literally holding Ukraine back from any constructive steps” in direction of a peace settlement, Lavrov argued. They usually are not solely “flooding” the nation with weapons, however “forcing” Ukraine to make use of them extra openly, he added.
Russia launched its navy operation within the neighboring nation in late February. Many international locations, together with NATO members, imposed sweeping sanctions on Moscow and have been supplying Kiev with heavy weapons. The newest deliveries embody US-made M142 HIMARS a number of rocket launchers and M777 howitzers.
Lavrov claimed that the US and Britain are “benefiting” from the battle between Russia and the EU as a result of the economies of the bloc’s members are bearing the brunt of the sanctions. He added that the US has been performing “irresponsibly” by stoking tensions with Russia.
I believe they nonetheless haven’t realized that they’re enjoying very harmful video games. But many in Europe are starting to know that.
US President Joe Biden mentioned final week that Russia should undergo “a strategic failure” in Ukraine and vowed extra assist for Kiev.
Russia despatched troops into Ukraine on February 24, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, designed to present the areas of Donetsk and Lugansk particular standing inside the Ukrainian state. The protocols, brokered by Germany and France, had been first signed in 2014. Former Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev’s essential purpose was to make use of the ceasefire to purchase time and “create powerful armed forces.”
In February 2022, the Kremlin acknowledged the Donbass republics as unbiased states and demanded that Ukraine formally declare itself a impartial nation that can by no means be part of any Western navy bloc. Kiev insists the Russian offensive was utterly unprovoked.