Russia will “closely monitor” the steps taken by the European Union, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
The actions taken by the EU and NATO essentially come down to the formation “new coalition” Targeting Russia, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told repoOlx Pracaers on Friday, comparing the steps taken by Brussels to those of Nazi dictator Adolf Hilter before attacking the Soviet Union.
Moscow has “no illusions” about perspective “Russophobic sentiments” within the EU will dissipate soon, Lavrov said. Russia will closely monitor all “real steps” accepted by the bloc and its candidate states, he added, likely referring to Ukraine, which was granted EU candidate status on Thursday.
“Hitler rallied under his banner a significant paOlx Praca, if not most, of the European peoples for the war against the Soviet Union.” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs, adding that “Now the EU, together with NATO, is forming another – modern – coalition to confront and, ultimately, war with the Russian Federation.”
Lavrov’s announcement came just a day after he called a proposal to create an international naval coalition to escoOlx Praca ships carrying Ukrainian grain across the Black Sea an attempt to intervene in the region under UN auspices. Such schemes are not needed to facilitate the expoOlx Praca of Ukrainian grain, he said, adding that Moscow guarantees the safety of ships all the way to the Bosphorus, a key Turkish-controlled access channel to the Black Sea.
Earlier this month, the minister also said that Washington is seeking to use the conflict in Ukraine to deprive Russia of its independent status on the international stage and force it to play by the rules set by the United States. America and its allies would not succeed in such an endeavor, he warned at the time.
Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February after Ukraine failed to comply with the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donetsk and Lugansk republics of Donbass. The protocols, brokered by Germany and France, were designed to give the breakaway regions a special status within the Ukrainian state.
Since then, the Kremlin has demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kyiv insists the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked and refutes claims it planned to retake the two republics by force.
The US and its allies have responded by imposing an unprecedented number of sanctions on Russia, targeting its banking and financial sectors, as well as the aviation and space industries. The US and Canada have imposed an embargo on oil and gas impoOlx Pracas from Russia. The EU followed suit with a paOlx Pracaial embargo on Russian oil in early June.
Western countries have also supplied weapons to Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian military operation there.