Russia is forging new partnerships in the face of the West’s “total hybrid war,” says Lavrov

Russia is forging new partnerships in the face of the West’s “total hybrid war,” says Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov addresses the media during a meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, May 13, 2022. Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout via REUTERS

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  • Lavrov says sanctions show no one is safe from Western “piracy”.
  • Russia is looking for allies to join it and reducing economic dependence on the US
  • Speech names China, India and Arab countries as key partners

LONDON, May 14 (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday that Moscow is the target of a “total hybrid war” by the West but will withstand the sanctions by forging deeper partnerships with China, India and others.

Speaking on the 80th day since Russia invaded Ukraine, Lavrov pointed to the barrage of sanctions imposed by the West to portray Russia as the target, not the perpetrator, of the aggression.

“The collective West has declared total hybrid war on us and it is difficult to predict how long this will all last, but it is clear that the consequences will be felt by everyone without exception,” he said.

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“We did everything we could to avoid a direct clash – but now that the challenge has been dropped, of course we accept it. Sanctions are no strangers to us: they have almost always been there in one form or another.”

The sanctions read more about Russia’s top companies, banks and political elite were imposed to punish it for a war that has killed tens of thousands and uprooted millions, disrupted energy markets and exacerbated a global food crisis by raising grain prices pushed up. edible oils and fertilizers. Continue reading

In his speech, Lavrov laid out the strategy Moscow is pinning its hopes on as it seeks to cushion the blow to its economy and build new markets elsewhere.

He cited the sanctions, which included the seizure of nearly half of Russia’s $640 billion in foreign exchange reserves, as proof that no one is safe from expropriation and “state piracy” and that countries are taking economic Dependence on the United States and its allies would have to decrease.

“Not only Russia, but also many others are reducing dependence on the US dollar, Western technologies and markets,” he said without citing any evidence.

Western efforts to isolate Russia are doomed to fail, he said. Russia’s relations with China are the best ever and it is developing a privileged strategic partnership with India.

Having just returned from a trip to the Middle East, he also mentioned the importance of relations with Egypt, Algeria and the Gulf States, as well as with Asia, Africa and Latin America.

In an example of a sanctions-driven export slew, Russia sold twice as much crude oil to India in the two months after its invasion of Ukraine on February 24 as it did in all of 2021, as Western nations stopped buying Russian oil and Russia restricted Indian refiners took the opportunity to buy it at a discount. Continue reading

But despite Russia’s insistence that it can thrive under sanctions, its economy is on track to shrink between 8.8% and 12.4%, and not to pre-invasion size before 2026, according to a Reuters document from the economy ministry to return. read more

Annual consumer inflation accelerated to 17.83% in April, the highest since 2002. Read more

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Reporting by Mark Trevelyan; Editing by Christina Fincher

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