On Thursday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the West of seeking to inflict a long-term defeat on Moscow and lashed out at European Union chief Ursula von der Leyen, who had just arrived in Kyiv.
“Ursula von der Leyen… emphasised that the end of the conflict should be Russia’s defeat, the kind of defeat that Russia cannot repair its economy for decades, for many decades,” Lavrov said in remarks broadcast on Russian state television.
“Is this not bigotry, Nazism, or an attempt to address ‘the Russian problem’?” Lavrov went on to recall Russia’s World War II victory over Nazi Germany.
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The European Commission chief announced she had arrived in Kyiv with a team of commissioners and the bloc’s most senior diplomat earlier Thursday, a day before a Ukraine-European Union summit in the war-torn country.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has frequently drawn parallels between what he calls Moscow’s “special military operation” in Ukraine and the war against Nazi Germany.
He launched the conflict in Ukraine in February last year with the announced aim of “de-Nazifying” the country.
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