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The West Has Declared ‘Total Hybrid War’ On Russia – Lavrov Says As Finland Prepares To Join NATO

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The West has declared a “total hybrid war” against Russia and it is hard to predict how long it will last, Moscow’s foreign minister has said.

Sergei Lavrov said the consequences of the war in Ukraine will be felt around the world.

But speaking about sanctions on Russia, he warned: “Western politicians should understand their efforts to isolate our country are in vain.”

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And he went on to accuse Western nations of stealing other countries’ assets and losing their reputation as reliable partners.

“In the future, the world economy will be de-Americanised,” he said in a speech on the 80th day of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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

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

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His comments come after a meeting of G7 foreign ministers took place earlier on Saturday, which saw the nations sign a statement saying they will continue to put economic pressure on Russia.

The group, which is made up of the UK, USA, Canada, Japan, Germany, France and Italy, also backed giving more aid and arms to Ukraine and expediting its efforts to “end reliance on Russian energy supplies”.

“We reaffirm our determination to further increase economic and political pressure on Russia, continuing to act in unity,” a joint statement read.

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