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West ‘has declared total war on Russia and all will suffer,’ says foreign minister


In this handout photo provided by the Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov attends a meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, Friday, May 13, 2022. (Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service via AP)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov made the comments in a speech on the 80th day of the war (Picture: AP)

Russian’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has accused the West of launching a ‘total hybrid war’ against Russia.

Mr Lavrov pointed to the barrage of sanctions imposed by the West against Moscow and attempted to portray Russia as the target, not the perpetrator, of aggression.

‘The collective West has declared total hybrid war on us and it is hard to predict how long all this will last but it is clear the consequences will be felt by everyone, without exception,’ he said in a speech delivered on the 80th day of the war.

‘We did everything to avoid a direct clash – but now that the challenge has been thrown down, we of course accept it.

‘We are no strangers to sanctions: they were almost always there in one form or another.’

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