Russia accuses the EU of aggression and hostilities

“The EU has changed from a constructive economic platform to one that has created an aggressive and militant player that already shows its ambition far beyond the European continent,” Lavrov said at a news conference in the capital of Tajikistan, Dushanbe. By AFP in France and EFE in Spain.

In this regard, he expressed “serious doubts” that Ukraine’s desire to join the EU quickly is harmless.

Lavrov accused Europeans of following a “path already followed by NATO” to think that the EU is confirming a “trend to merge with the North Atlantic Alliance” that “it is, in fact, acting as an annex”.

He also referred to the statements made by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, during her visit to India at the end of April on strengthening strategic ties with a country that had declared its neutrality in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

“The result of the war [na Ucrânia] It will not only determine the future of Europe, but also deeply the Indo-Pacific region, ”said the President of the European Commission.

Moscow sees NATO, its former Cold War enemy, as an existential threat and has justified its attack on Ukraine in part by Kiev’s efforts to join the Atlantic Alliance and by Western political and military support for Russia’s neighbor.

The EU, along with countries like the United States and Japan, imposed tight economic sanctions on Russia over Ukraine’s invasion on 24 February.

In the capital of Tajikistan, Lavrov said he informed his colleagues in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) of the “negative consequences of the actions that are absolutely acceptable to the West in relation to what is happening in Ukraine.”

Founded in 1991, the CIS unites the former Soviet republics of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

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