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Den russiske udenrigsminister Sergey Lavrov har afsløret, hvad han mener er vestmagternes reelle holdning til Ukraine under den igangværende konflikt i landet.

'Ingen bekymrer sig om Ukraine. Ukraine er et 'forbrugsmateriale' i proxy-krigen mod Rusland. Der kan ikke være nogen tvivl om det nu. Det er blevet udtrykt offentligt,' sagde Lavrov under en tale ved New Horizons uddannelsesmaraton i Moskva i Tirsdags.

Ministeren mindede om EU's topdiplomat, Josep Borrell, der i sidste måned insisterede på, at 'denne krig vil blive vundet på slagmarken,' med henvisning til konflikten mellem Moskva og Kiev.

'Englænderne, amerikanerne, præsidenter, premierministre, ministre siger: 'Vi har ingen ret til at tillade Rusland at vinde. Rusland må lide nederlag',' tilføjede han.

Kommentar: Delvist oversat af fra Lavrov: West doesn't care about Ukraine

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin openly acknowledged in April that, by helping the Kiev government with weapons, funds and intelligence, Washington was trying to see "Russia weakened to the degree that it can't do the kinds of things that it has done in invading Ukraine."

Such statements meant that "war has been declared by them [the US, EU and their allies], and it's not between Russia and Ukraine, but between the West and Russia," Lavrov pointed out.

"You know, it has already become a common expression that 'the West is ready to fight to the last Ukrainian.' It's very accurate," he added.

The foreign minister's words echoed those by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, who spoke at the same event earlier on Tuesday.

"What they do is war," he said about the West imposing draconian economic sanctions on Moscow, arming the Ukrainian neo-Nazis and providing Kiev's army with intel to attack Russian troops.

Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine's failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow's eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The German- and French-brokered protocols were designed to give the breakaway regions special status within the Ukrainian state.

The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked and has denied claims it was planning to retake the two republics by force.