Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov delivers a speech at parliament, February 15, 2023. © Sputnik/Grigory Sysoev

Newsweek: Russia-West Ties Reach ‘Point of No Return’ Amid Ukraine War: Lavrov 

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has blamed the U.S. and its Western allies for pushing ties with Moscow to the “point of no return” by supporting Ukrainian efforts to resist the Kremlin’s ongoing invasion. 

Addressing members of the Duma—the lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia—on Wednesday, Lavrov reeled off a list of grievances with Western nations, which he accused of seeking a “cordon sanitaire” around Russia. 

The West, Lavrov told Russian lawmakers according to the state-run Tass news agency, has a policy of “many years of containment of Russia” alongside “the transformation of fraternal Ukraine into anti-Russia, into a Russophobic military stronghold.”

Lavrov complained about NATO expansion since the end of the Cold War; a long-term Russian gripe cited by Russian President Vladimir Putin as one of many justifications for years-long Russian aggression against Ukraine. 

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Update #1: Policy of converting Ukraine into anti-Russia reaches point of no return — Lavrov (TASS)

Update #2: Russia-West relations at ‘point of no return’ -Russian foreign ministry (Reuters)  

WNU editor: Lavrov’s remarks are a confirmation to me that when it comes to Ukraine, Russia will not engage in any peace talks with the West.