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Newsline: Russia’s top diplomat accuses West of waging “total war”

The Kremlin’s top diplomat on Friday accused the West of declaring “total war” and promoting “the culture of canceling Russia,” in blistering remarks that underscore how Moscow continues to see the war in Ukraine as an existential struggle to remake the geopolitical order as opposed to a mere territorial conflict. “The West has declared a total war on us, on the Russian world. Nobody makes any secret of this,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday during a meeting with regional officials. His remarks were reported by Tass, the Russian news agency. (https://news.yahoo.com/kremlin-rails-against-west-accuses-us-of-canceling-russia-160113732.html) Earlier this month, Lavrov — a longtime ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin — dragged Russia into a dispute with Israel over the Holocaust. Russia believes that Ukraine is rife with neo-Nazis, a claim that is not supported by evidence and is further weakened by the fact that its elected president, Volodymyr Zelensky, is Jewish. Lavrov bizarrely compared Zelensky to European Jews he claimed aided their own Nazi tormentors during the Holocaust.

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