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At the UN General Assembly: Lavrov accuses the West of wanting to “destroy, dismember” Russia

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Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has accused the West of wanting to divide the world back into blocs.

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“Under the slogan of a rules-based order, the West is introducing dividing lines everywhere that amount to a confrontation between blocs: you’re either with us or against us,” Lavrov said on Saturday at the ongoing general debate at the UN General Assembly in New York, according to the translation.

A third option is not possible, there are no compromises. Western countries have imposed tough sanctions on Russia and are distancing themselves from its government after Moscow’s troops invaded neighboring Ukraine at the end of February.

The aim is to “destroy, dismember” Russia

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Lavrov has also accused the West of a hostile attitude towards his country. “They are no longer even embarrassed to openly declare that there is an intention not only to inflict a military defeat on our country, but to destroy, dismember Russia,” Lavrov said on Saturday at the ongoing general debate at the UN General Assembly in New York.

“Official Russophobia in the West is unprecedented, the scale is grotesque,” Lavrov said.

With a view to Western military aid for Ukraine, which Moscow invaded seven months ago, Lavrov also accused the United States in particular of merely using Ukraine as “material in the fight against Russia”. The USA wanted to make the entire world its backyard through sanctions.

“After declaring itself victorious in the Cold War, Washington has risen to become almost an emissary of God on earth, with no obligations other than the sacred right to act with impunity anywhere, anytime,” Lavrov said.

Criticism of sham referendums dismissed

Lavrov dismissed criticism of the sham referendums in several occupied eastern Ukrainian regions. The West’s “outburst of anger” was unfounded, he said.

The residents of the regions are only taking “the country where their ancestors have lived in for hundreds of years.”

UN Secretary-General António Guterres recently described a possible annexation of the areas as a violation of international law. (dpa/Reuters/AFP)

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Source: Tagesspiegel

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