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LIVE UPDATE Russia – Ukraine, day 90: Lavrov says Moscow is not sure it needs relations with the West

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that Moscow will consider offers from the West to re-establish ties and decide whether this is necessary, but will focus on developing relations with China.

In a question and answer session at an event in Moscow, Minister Lavrov said that Western countries had embraced Russophobia after the launch of the incursion into Ukraine, described by Russia as a “special military operation”.

Russia is working to replace goods imported from Western countries, he said, and in the future will only rely on “reliable” countries that have no obligations to the West.

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“If they (the West) want to offer something in terms of resuming relations, then we will seriously consider whether or not we will need it,” Lavrov said, according to a transcript on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website.

The head of Russian diplomacy expressed his dissatisfaction with Western countries, which he said were determined to change the rules of international relations to Russia’s detriment.

“We must stop being dependent on any supply of anything in the West to ensure the development of sectors that are critical to the security, the economy or the social sphere of the homeland,” he said.

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Lavrov said Moscow’s goal now is to further develop ties with China.

“Now that the West has taken a ‘dictator’ position, ‘our economic ties with China will grow even faster,” Lavrov said. “In addition to direct revenue for the state budget, this is a chance to develop the Far East and Eastern Siberia,” he added.

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