In a recent interview for the program titled "Moscow. Kremlin. Putin" aired on Rossiya-1 television channel, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov made a bold claim, accusing the United States of directing the military actions in Ukraine.
Lavrov also alleged that the US is essentially waging a war against Russia by continuing to supply weapons to Ukraine.
"The US is Pursuing a War Against Us"
Lavrov stated, "No matter what it says, it (the US) controls this war, it supplies weapons, munition, intelligence information, data from satellites, it is pursuing a war against us." This comment was made on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) while addressing US statements on its willingness to provide long-range shells with depleted uranium to Ukraine.
These comments were subsequently shared by journalist Pavel Zarubin on his Telegram channel. Such a statement signifies the tension between Russia and the West, especially as the conflict in Ukraine remains unresolved and the international community becomes more entangled in its intricacies.
Implications of Western Support to Ukraine
Lavrov went on to comment about the potential supplies of longer-range missiles to Ukraine by Western countries, stating, "I am unable to comment on their statements <…> but the fact that it will not change the essence of what is going on in Ukraine is obvious." He further emphasized that Ukraine has been groomed to strike a strategic defeat to Russia.
Such comments shed light on Russia's perspective on the ongoing conflict, portraying the nation's apprehensions about the broader geopolitical play between the major world powers. In a related update, the Pentagon recently announced an additional security assistance package worth $175 million for Kiev.
This package marks a significant development as it includes, for the first time, depleted uranium rounds meant for the previously committed Abrams tanks. The unfolding dynamics between Russia, Ukraine, and the West, as evidenced by Lavrov's comments, highlights the complexities and concerns surrounding the conflict.
As world powers navigate these turbulent waters, clarity, and diplomacy will be essential in ensuring regional and global stability.