Putin's Right-Hand Man Accuses Five Countries of Illegal Ship Deliveries

Written by Henrik Rothen

Jan.31 - 2024 8:09 AM CET

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Putin's Right-Hand Man Accuses Five Countries of Illegal Ship Deliveries.

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Russia's Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, has recently issued aggressive statements about Sweden, marking a new escalation in the Russian government's rhetoric. During a meeting with a group of top Russian diplomats in Moscow on Tuesday, Lavrov expressed irritation and annoyance, mentioning Sweden on at least two occasions.

Lavrov's statements indicated Russia's intent to defeat Ukraine in the ongoing conflict, raising concerns among Western European analysts. They interpret this as a potential move by the Putin regime to dismantle Ukraine's democracy, turning it into a subordinate region within the Russian dictatorship.

According to Anadolu Ajansi, Lavrov's meeting with Russian diplomats revealed the regime's frustration with Western support for Ukraine. He claimed that Western arms aid, including from countries like the United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Germany, the USA, Italy, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, has enabled Ukraine to resist the Russian invasion more effectively than anticipated.

Specifically targeting Sweden, Lavrov alleged that weapons supplied by the West were being diverted elsewhere, without providing any evidence for his claims. He accused five countries, including Sweden, of "illegal ship deliveries" of weapons, again without substantiating these accusations.

Furthermore, Lavrov, known for his aggressive rhetoric, suggested that Swedish weapons were ending up in the hands of extremists rather than being used in Ukraine. He argued that the West is overlooking the fact that these weapons are reaching "sensitive areas" where they are used by extremists and terrorists.

Addressing the possibility of Russia attacking Sweden, Lavrov commented on statements made by U.S. President Joe Biden, who suggested that Sweden and Finland, along with the Baltic states, could be next if Russia succeeds in Ukraine. Lavrov dismissed these concerns as absurd, despite his and President Putin's history of misleading statements about their intentions towards Ukraine.

This escalation in Lavrov's rhetoric reflects ongoing tensions between Russia and Western nations, with Sweden being particularly singled out in his latest comments. The Russian Foreign Minister's statements have added another layer of complexity to the already strained international relations amidst the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

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