Russia Minister, Back From Africa, Says West Failed To “Isolate” Russia

Russian minister, returning from Africa, says the West has failed to 'isolate' Russia

Russian Foreign Minister visits the Middle East, Africa and Asia. (Document)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday said Western efforts to “isolate” his country had completely failed and that Moscow was building stronger ties with countries in Africa and the Middle East. , Asia – Pacific and others.

“Today we can confirm that the Western plan to isolate Russia by encircling us with a sanitary barrier has failed,” Lavrov told Russian diplomats at an event in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. after returning from a nearly weeklong tour of Africa.

“Despite the melee against Russia orchestrated by Washington, London and Brussels, we are forging a good neighborly relationship in the broadest sense of the term with the international majority,” he said.

The veteran foreign minister’s most recent trip took him to Mali, Mauritania and Sudan as well as Iraq. He also recently visited South Africa, Eswatini, Angola and Eritrea.

Russia’s relations with Western nations, which have deteriorated over the years, have reached a post-Cold War low after it invaded Ukraine nearly a year ago in what it called “Operation Operation”. special military” that it deems necessary to bolster its own security.

Kyiv’s Western allies see the move as an imperialist land grab and the imposition of sweeping economic sanctions on Russia, prompting it to seek closer ties with China. China, India, Arab and African nations as well as others have refrained from participating in the sanctions while calling for peace talks between Moscow and Kyiv.

Moscow says NATO has effectively become a belligerent in Ukraine by agreeing to provide large amounts of military aid including battle tanks to Kiev, accusing the United States of also threatening stability. globally in other parts of the world.

On Friday, State Department spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Russia would closely monitor any move by the United States to deploy hypersonic weapons in Japan, saying this “means for us” me a qualitative change in the regional security situation”.

She appeared to be responding to a report in Japan’s Sankei newspaper suggesting that Washington could deploy long-range hypersonic weapons and Tomahawks to Japan, amid rising tensions with China.

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