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Russian FM: West has declared ‘total war’ on Russia

Sergey Lavrov rails at economic sanctions imposed on Moscow over Ukraine invasion, claims Western nations stoking ‘Russophobia’

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov looks on as he gives a press conference after meeting Ukraine's Foreign Minister for talks in Antalya, on March 10, 2022. (Ozan Kose/AFP)
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov looks on as he gives a press conference after meeting Ukraine's Foreign Minister for talks in Antalya, on March 10, 2022. (Ozan Kose/AFP)

MOSCOW — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday accused Western countries of waging a “total war” on Russia and its people and culture as Moscow pushes on with its military operation in Ukraine.

“The West has declared war on us, on the whole Russian world. The culture of canceling Russia and everything connected with our country is already reaching the point of absurdity,” Lavrov said at a ministry meeting.

He accused the West of banning Russian writers, composers and other cultural figures.

“It is safe to say that this situation will be with us for a long time,” he added.

According to Lavrov, Washington “and its satellites are doubling, tripling, quadrupling their efforts to contain our country.”

He said they are “using the widest range of tools — from unilateral economic sanctions to thoroughly false propaganda in the global media space.”

People hold placards as they take part in a protest against the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in Trafalgar Square, London, March 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

“In many Western countries, everyday Russophobia has become of an unprecedented nature, and, to our great regret, is encouraged by government circles in a number of countries,” Lavrov said.

Western capitals slapped Moscow with unprecedented sanctions after Russian President Vladimir Putin sent troops into Ukraine on February 24.

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