“The West has declared war on us,” said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

'The West has declared war on us': Russian Foreign Minister on sanctions

Sergei Lavrov has accused the West of banning Russian writers and cultural figures.

Moscow:

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday accused Western countries of waging a “full-scale war” against Russia and its people and culture as Moscow continues its military campaign in Ukraine.

“The West has declared war on us, on the whole Russian world. The culture of rejecting everything associated with Russia and our country has already reached a point of irrationality,” Lavrov told a ministry meeting.

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

“It’s safe to say that this situation will stay 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 were “using a wide range of supplies – from unilateral economic sanctions to outright false propaganda in the global media space”.

“In many Western countries, everyday Russophobia has become an unprecedented nature, and to our great sorrow, the official circles of several countries are encouraged,” Lavrov said.

After President Vladimir Putin sent troops to Ukraine on February 24, Western capitals slapped Moscow with unprecedented sanctions.

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