Westerners are “directly fighting” Russia in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused on Saturday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

“You can call it what you want but they are fighting us, they are fighting us directly. We call it hybrid war, but that does not change the reality,” he added, referring to financial aid, armaments and “mercenaries” from Western countries.

The head of Russian diplomacy, during a long press conference at UN headquarters in New York, was questioned about the involvement of the United States in the conflict in Ukraine.

“The fact that they are de facto fighting against us using the corps of Ukrainians, I think that everyone here who is interested in the situation in Ukraine knows very well that the Americans, the British and others are fighting by first providing more and more weapons,” Mr. Lavrov accused.

The United States and European countries, which have been supplying weapons systems to Kiev since the Russian invasion of February 2022, insist that they are not at war with Moscow but that they are helping Ukraine to defend itself.

The Russian minister was speaking on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly during which Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky came in person to ask for more support from the international community.

He proposed a peace summit to discuss his peace plan to end the war.

Lavrov said the proposed settlement was “completely infeasible, impossible to implement, not realistic.”

09/23/2023 9:50:29 p.m. –         United Nations (United States) (AFP) –         © 2023 AFP