Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that the most tragic term for the year 2022 was the word "war" at the annual press conference in Moscow.
Reviewing Russia's diplomacy in the past year, Lavrov stated Moscow's position on the Russia-Ukraine crisis and its tensions with the United States and the West at large.
He accused the U.S. of preparing the ground for the conflict in Ukraine as part of what he called a hybrid war against Moscow.
"The amount of Western support clearly shows that the West has invested a lot in its war against Russia," Lavrov said.
Russia began what it calls a "special military operation" in Ukraine on February 24, 2022 while Kyiv and its Western allies described it as an aggression to grab land.
High-level ties with China
At Wednesday's conference, Lavrov described his country's relations with China as "pragmatic, trusting and mutually respectful."
"Russia-China ties are undoubtedly experiencing absolutely the best times in the entire history of these relations," he said.
"We are closely coordinating within the UN, and combating new challenges and threats through the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, BRICS and cooperation between the Eurasian Economic Union and the Belt and Road Initiative," which will help strengthen the Russia-China comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination, added the top Russian diplomat.
(With input from Xinhua)
(Cover: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks at his annual press conference in Moscow, Russia, January 18, 2023. /CFP)