Ukraine War: West has declared ‘total hybrid war’ on Russia, says Lavov, as Putin warns Finland not to join NATO | world News

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

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

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

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 become de-Americanized,” he said in a speech on the 80th day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“We did everything possible to avoid a direct confrontation, but now that the challenge has been ruled out, of course we accept it,” Lavrov continued.

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

His comments come after a meeting of G7 foreign ministers on Saturday, in which the nations signed a statement saying they will continue to put economic pressure on Russia.

The group, which is made up of Britain, the United States, Canada, Japan, Germany, France and Italy, also backed giving more aid and weapons to Ukraine and accelerating its efforts to “end dependence on Russian energy supplies.”

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

Earlier today, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Finland’s leader that abandoning neutrality would be a “mistake” but that there are no security threats to his capital Helsinki.

In response, Sauli Niinisto told Putin that his demands that countries avoid joining NATO, along with the invasion of Ukraine, have changed Finland’s security environment.

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