Ukraine Faces a ‘Grim Future’ – Moscow
By RT News
Kiev is now entirely dependent on the West just like Kabul was, Russian FM Lavrov has said.
The West is fighting to the last Ukrainian on a fool’s errand to “defeat” Russia, but the prospects for that plan are not looking good, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told International Affairs in an interview published on Saturday.
“The future looks rather grim for the Kiev authorities and their patrons,” Lavrov said. “The longer the armed clashes last, the less appetite will the Western investors have to contribute to post-conflict recovery in Ukraine, and the weaker their faith in Ukraine’s success on the battlefield, or its ability to preserve its statehood in any form or within any borders.”
That’s without even considering Kiev’s inability to repay its government debt, which will most likely end up as the burden of Western taxpayers, “causing more inflation and lower living standards,” the diplomat added.
Lavrov brought up the recent analysis by the US think-tank Heritage Foundation, which found that the US has already committed $113 billion to Ukraine, which works out to $900 per household, “plus $300 in interest for servicing the corresponding debt.”
“These are huge amounts of money, especially considering the challenging situation in the global economy,” he said.
Western leaders vow to support Kiev “for as long as it takes” and seem to have chosen “fighting until the last Ukrainian,” as has President Vladimir Zelensky, but the US “does not have the best historical record when it comes to supporting its allies,” the diplomat noted.
“Suffice to remember its abrupt withdrawal of military aid to South Vietnam in 1973 and to Ashraf Ghani’s regime in Afghanistan in 2021, as well as the fact that these moves immediately caused the downfall of the governments loyal to the US,” Lavrov said, bringing up the fact that Ukraine today “depends almost entirely” on Western funding and arms deliveries.
Russia understands that “the West wants to do away with our country as a serious geopolitical rival,” Lavrov noted, but the US and its allies must understand that Moscow “will use all means to defend its people and its vital interests.”
“It would be better for our opponents to understand that confrontation with Russia is futile and switch to more civilized, i.e., political and diplomatic means for achieving a balance of interests,” the Russian foreign minister concluded.