Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that hostile nations use many tools at their disposal to damage and contain Russia.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday that Russia and Western nations are fighting each other, and they are the victims of total war.
He said that Russian society and major political forces support the decision to face this challenge.
Western nations are doubling, tripling, and quadrupling their efforts to deter our nation. They use a wide range of tools from unilateral economic sanctions to completely deceitful propaganda in the global media, Lavrov said. Low-level russophobia, promoted by a number of governments, has risen to unprecedented levels. The West has declared war against us, against the whole Russian world. Lavrov said that nobody hides this fact now.
Russia responded to the pressure with a uniting of all healthy patriotic forces and a surge of public support for Russia's foreign policy, the foreign minister said.
Lavrov said that the crisis exposed the true nature of the promises given to Russia 30 years ago after the collapse of the USSR. We are seeing the value of all the talk about universal values and the need to make Europe a common home from the Atlantic to the Pacific. He said that no one should have illusions about the attitude of the US and its allies towards Russia.
The senior diplomat was speaking at a Foreign Ministry council that includes all Russian regional heads as members. The advisory body is a place that is regularly convened to discuss how the diplomatic corps can help various parts of the country. Lavrov is a foreign minister.