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EU ‘belligerent’ actor in Ukraine war: Lavrov

Moscow, May 13 (EFE).- The European Union has become an “aggressive” actor amid the ongoing war in Ukraine, Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday, and dismissed Ukraine’s ambitions of joining the bloc as “harmless”.

“The EU, from a constructive and economic platform as it was conceived, turned into an aggressive belligerent player,” Lavrov told reporters in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan.

Lavrov said Ukraine’s intention to join the EU was a bilateral issue, although he added that the “innocuousness of such a desire by Kyiv causes serious doubts.”

According to Russia’s chief diplomat, the EU is trying to follow in the footsteps of Nato, “confirming the trend that they are fusing with the North Atlantic Alliance and will essentially function as its appendage.”

Lavrov, who took part in a meeting of foreign ministers of post-Soviet Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), said that the meeting discussed the security situation in Central Asia and the West’s attempts to strengthen its influence in the region.

According to Lavrov these efforts are aimed at damaging relations within regional groupings such as the Collective Security Treaty Organization, the CIS, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization or the Eurasian Economic Union. EFE


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