Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Saturday that the United States and other allies of Ukraine are "directly at war" with Moscow.
Lavrov had been asked by a journalist at what point the US becomes directly involved in war against Russia, as opposed to engaged in a proxy conflict.
“You can call this whatever you want to call this, but they are directly at war with us. We can call this a hybrid war, but that doesn’t change the reality,” Lavrov said. “They are effectively engaged in hostilities with us, using the Ukrainians as fodder,” he added.
The foreign minister said the US, the United Kingdom and many others are “waging war” against Russia and are engaged in hostilities against the country.
Lavrov said the US and other countries are delivering greater and greater quantities of weapons to Kyiv, while military satellites and intelligence aircraft from the countries are also used against Moscow.
Some context: Moscow has often framed its invasion of Ukraine, which it usually refers to as a "special military operation," as a struggle against attempts by Western powers to dominate on a global stage.
Kyiv's allies and international bodies have dismissed this characterization, saying they are helping defend Ukraine from an unprovoked invasion and attempt to seize territory.