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Russia’s Lavrov baits NATO on ‘hybrid war’ in Ukraine: ‘They want to fight’

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday clapped back at NATO opposition to freezing the war in Ukraine and said their support for Kyiv was tantamount to their direct involvement in the war.

“If NATO, through the mouth of [Secretary General Jens] Stoltenbeg, once again declares that they are against freezing, as they say, the conflict in Ukraine, then they want to fight,” he told reporters according to Russian media outlet Tass. “Well, let them fight!”

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov attends a meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Collective Security Treaty Organization in the Belarusian capital Minsk on June 20, 2023. (Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

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“If they declare at the same time that they are not waging a war against Russia, but in fact they are doing exactly that, recognizing that without pumping the Ukrainian regime with weapons, without providing intelligence data, satellite information, goal-setting, the Ukrainian situation… would have already ended, this is actually a recognition that they are a direct participant in the hybrid war declared against Russia, and indeed the hot war,” he added. 

Lavrov’s comments were in response to remarks made by Stoltenberg Monday from Germany when he warned against allowing the war in Ukraine to become a frozen conflict.

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, second from left, German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius and U.S. Ambassador to Germany Amy Gutmann, left, attend Air Defender maneuvers at the Jagel Air Base, in Berlin, on June 20, 2023. (Cuneyt Karadag/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

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“The more land the Ukrainians are able to liberate, the stronger their hand will eventually be at the negotiating table,” he said during a press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. “We all want this war to end. But a just peace cannot mean freezing the conflict and accepting a deal dictated by Russia.”

Stoltenberg applauded the continued NATO efforts to supply Ukraine with military, financial and humanitarian aid as the war continues and as Kyiv carries out the beginning stages of what is anticipated to be a major counteroffensive. 

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Relatives and friends mourn Ivan Shulha, a Ukrainian serviceman who was killed fighting Russian troops in the Donetsk region, at Independence Square, on June 20, 2023, in Kyiv. (Roman Pilipey/Getty Images)

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Ukraine has already seen some success in the Zaporizhzhia region with its initial offensive push – an area Western analysts have said is crucial to retake if Ukraine is to be successful in ousting Russian forces from not only the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions, but Crimea and as it looks to push northeast and pinch Russian troops.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy this week noted the significant challenge in repelling Russian forces from the Zaporizhzhia region, which they have occupied for a year and heavily fortified.

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