Anti-Russian sanctions planned long ago- Lavrov

The West planned its anti-Russian sanctions long ago and is unlikely to lift them, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with France’s TF1 television channel on Sunday.
According to Russia’s Foreign Minister, Russia will not allow the West to create the unipolar world that Washington has declared with Europe’s participation.
“You said both sided are expelling diplomats. We have never expelled anyone. These sanctions, which are more like a hysteria (I would rather say an agony) were initiated by the West. The speed they were imposed with and their scope prove that they were not invented ‘overnight.’ They were planned quite a long ago. And these sanctions are unlikely to be lifted,” he said.
“At least the United States is saying, not publicly, but in contacts with its allies, that when the whole thing is over the sanctions will stay in place,” Lavrov noted, adding that they are not about Ukraine, which is used as an instrument, “a bargaining chip,” but about containing Russia.
“It [Russia] is not letting the West to build a unipolar world Washington has proclaimed with Europe’s obedient consent. What will be Europe’s geopolitical benefit from it? I don’t know. Political analysts now say that from the point of view of future perspectives Europe will be the biggest looser.”

On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a special military operation in response to the chiefs of the Donbass republics’ request for assistance. He emphasised that Moscow has no intention of invading Ukrainian territory, but rather of demilitarising and denazifying the country.
Following this, the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, and a number of other nations imposed broad sanctions on Russian nationals and legal companies.


Source- TASS , TF1