Russia’s FM Sergei Lavrov warns US to not supply Ukraine with arms

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is urging the US and NATO to cease supplying Kyiv (capital of Ukraine) with arms.
“If On demand and NATO are really thinking about resolving the Ukraine crisis, then to start with they need to wake up and cease supplying the Kyiv regime with arms and ammunition.”
Months into an invasion, the Russian army is now intensifying operations in Ukraine’s jap Donbas area. Now over 2 months into the invasion, Russia’s short-term aim of capturing Kyiv and over-running the nation has largely failed.
Despite the protracted invasion, large human loss on both sides and a growing listing of Russian war atrocities, the Russian FM advised China’s official Xinhua news agency that the “special military operation… is proceeding strictly according to plan”.
Since the invasion on February 24, Western nations have imposed strict economic sanctions which have largely minimize Russia’s financial sector off from the relaxation of the world. The ruble has tumbled towards world currencies and Russia finds itself more and more cut off in a brand new, self-imposed Cold War.
In the interview with Xinhua, FM Lavrov claims Russia can “retool its economy” to guard in opposition to potential “unlawful hostilities”.
He says Russia is now focussing on “moving away from the US dollar” and relying less on imports, boosting its tech independence and .changing into more self-reliant.
He says that Russia has been engaged on a “de-dollarisation” (US dollars) policy for several years working with China and India to “conduct payments in other currencies”.
China, while not overtly supporting the invasion, has avoided the volley of worldwide condemnation of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, defending the two countries’ “firm friendship”. Reporting on Chinese state media has usually echoed Russian propaganda in regards to the war.
And in the latest news, new images of a sprawling mass grave close to Mariupol, in southern Ukraine, are underscoring the scope of the devastation in the port city. On Thursday it was estimated that had been only a few thousand Ukrainians holding out towards the Russian bombardment. Ukrainian officials estimate that 20,000 Mariupol civilians have died because the invasion began.
Satellite images indicate what appeared to be mass graves close to the port city, and native officials claim 9,000 Ukrainian civilians have been buried there in an effort to hide the slaughter going down in the brutal siege.
US President Biden has now promised the Ukraine authorities a further US$800 million in army assistance, saying “the war was entering a important window”.
Meanwhile Russia has now banned the UK PM Boris Johnson and other senior British ministers from getting into Russia, citing the “UK’s hostile stance on the struggle in Ukraine”.
The Russian FM complained of the UK government’s “unbridled data and political campaign geared toward isolating Russia internationally, creating circumstances for containing our country and strangling the domestic economy”.
UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, who’s ended up on the listing herself, says the UK authorities will remain “resolute in its help for Ukraine regardless of the move”.
Back in March, Moscow imposed an analogous ban against US President Joe Biden.
The full listing of banned ministers from the UK includes…
• PM Boris Johnson
• Foreign Secretary Liz Truss
• Defence Secretary Ben Wallace
• Deputy PM, Lord Chancellor, and Secretary of State for Justice Dominic Raab
• Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps
• Home Secretary Priti Patel
• The Chancellor Rishi Sunak
• Minister for Entrepreneurship, Energy and Industrial Strategy Kwasi Kwarteng
• Minister for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Nadine Dorries
• Minister for the Armed Forces James Heappey
• First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon
• Attorney General for England and Wales and advocate general for Northern Ireland Suella Braverman

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