In light of extremely strained relations with the West, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov wants to reduce his country’s diplomatic presence there. Addressing newly trained diplomats on Tuesday, Lavrov said he did not see “the point” of maintaining a presence in Western countries as usual. On the other hand, third world countries, whether in Asia or in Africa, need more attention ».
Lavrov criticized that Russian diplomats operate in the West “under conditions that are difficult to describe as humanitarian.” They were constantly in trouble or threatened. “But the most important thing is that there is no work there because Europe has decided to close in our face,” Lavrov added. “What should we do? We can’t force others to like us.”
Meanwhile, the new Russian commander of the Ukrainian offensive described the situation on the ground as “tense”. “The situation in the area of the special military operation can be described as tense,” General Sergei Surovkin, who has been in charge of the operation for ten days, told state broadcaster Russia 24 on Tuesday. above.”
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