Coinciding with the continued flow of Western weapons to Ukraine to confront his country’s forces, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned that such actions would prolong the conflict.
He said at a press conference, at the conclusion of the meeting of foreign ministers of the countries bordering the Caspian Sea, that the more the West supplied Ukraine with weapons, the longer the crisis would last.
He believed that the supply of medium- and long-range air defense systems to Ukrainian forces by the United States would be counterproductive and harmful.
He also saw that Western statements about the inadmissibility of the resumption of negotiations between Moscow and Kiev in this stage are like “schizophrenia,” he said. He stressed that the West is drowning Ukrainian forces with weapons, considering that at the moment it is not permissible to return to the negotiating table.
Zelensky’s claim is irrelevant
As for the strengthening of NATO’s presence on the eastern side, he considered this behavior “a continuation of an unacceptable expansionist approach”.
The Russian minister stressed that Moscow refuses to approach its borders.
As for the recent positions of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, he described them as “not important”, because “he does not make decisions on his own”, as he said. in reference to its subordination to the West, in particularly to the United States. He added that his country doesn’t care whether Zelensky will participate in the G-20 summit or not.
Interestingly, since the launch of the Russian operation on its territory on February 25, Ukraine has asked the West to send quality weapons, aircraft and tanks to its forces, to repel Russian forces.
It has recently escalated its demands, as fighting intensifies in the east of the country, while the United States and other Western countries have promised to send more weapons, as well as advanced medium- and long-range missiles.
This prompted Russia to warn of an expansion of the conflict if those missiles reached its territory.
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