Russian foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, has said that Russia is “almost” in a conventional war with the West as the Kremlin fumes at the level of support for Ukraine. His comments come as the US and European nations pledge billions in military aid for Ukraine to help the country fight off Russia’s invading forces.
Mr Lavrov’s made his remarks on Monday while on a state visit to South Africa. He said the was could no longer be branded a “hybrid” conflict and is now “almost a real one.”
He added: “It is well known that we supported the proposal of the Ukrainian side to negotiate early in the special military operation and by the end of March, the two delegations agreed on the principle to settle this conflict,’ Lavrov said.
“It is well known and was published openly that our American, British, and some European colleagues told Ukraine that it is too early to deal, and the arrangement which was almost agreed was never revisited by the Kyiv regime.”
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