The US and UK want to escalate the situation in Ukraine into a larger confrontation between Moscow and Europe, Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, said on Wednesday, July 20, in an interview with RT and Sputnik.
“Our US and British colleagues […] with the support from the Germans, Poles, and the Baltic States, very much want to make this war a real war, pitting Russia against European countries,” Lavrov said, speaking to RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan.
According to the Minister, western governments are “literally holding Ukraine back from any constructive steps” towards a peace settlement. Besides, he noted that those governments are not only “flooding” the country with weapons, but “forcing” Ukraine to use them more brazenly.
As TASS reported a couple of days before, on July 18, citing the German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, the EU will not withdraw the sanctions, imposed on Russia over the situation in Ukraine, if Moscow and Kiev sign a peace treaty on Russia’s terms.
“We knew it from the start that we will potentially have to keep these sanctions for a long time,” Scholz said. “And it is also clear that not a single one of these sanctions will be withdrawn in case of peace, dictated by Russia.”
Lavrov claimed that the US and Britain are “benefiting” from the conflict between Russia and Europe because the economies of the EU countries are bearing the brunt of the sanctions. He added that the US has been acting “irresponsibly” by flaming the conflict with Russia.
“I think they still haven’t realized that they’re playing very dangerous games. But many in Europe are beginning to understand that,” Lavrov said.