LONDON (Reuters) -Russian International Minister Sergei Lavrov stated on Saturday that the West had introduced a “complete hybrid battle” in opposition to Russia and it was onerous to foretell how lengthy it will final.
In a speech on the eightieth day since Russia invaded Ukraine, Lavrov pointed to the barrage of sanctions imposed by the West in opposition to Moscow and tried to painting Russia because the goal, not the perpetrator, of aggression.
“The collective West has declared complete hybrid battle on us and it’s onerous to foretell how lengthy all this may final however it’s clear the results might be felt by everybody, with out exception,” he stated in a speech.
“We did all the things to keep away from a direct conflict – however now that the problem has been thrown down, we in fact settle for it. We aren’t any strangers to sanctions: they have been nearly at all times there in a single kind or one other.”
Efforts by the West to isolate Russia have been doomed to fail, Lavrov stated, whereas pointing to the significance of Russia’s relations with China, India, Algeria and Gulf international locations.