MOSCOW — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday accused Western countries of waging “all-out war” against Russia, its people and its culture as Moscow continues its military operation in Ukraine.
“The West has declared war on us, on everyone in Russia. The cancel culture of Russia and everything related to our country is already reaching the point of absurdity,” Lavrov told a ministry meeting.
He accused the West of banning Russian writers, composers and other cultural figures.
“It’s safe to say that this situation will be with us for a long time,” he added.
According to Lavrov, Washington “and its satellites are doubling, tripling, quadrupling their efforts to contain our country.”
He said they were “using the widest range of tools – from one-sided economic sanctions to outright false propaganda in the global media space.”
“In many Western countries, everyday Russophobia has become of an unprecedented nature and, to our great regret, is encouraged by government circles in a number of countries,” Lavrov said.
Western capitals slapped unprecedented sanctions on Moscow after Russian President Vladimir Putin sent troops to Ukraine on February 24.