Moscow must suffer military, political and economic setbacks, according to the Pentagon. Earlier, the secretary of defense announced Washington's desire that Moscow “be so weak” that it could not “renew its military potential” Pentagon International Security Affairs Celeste Wallander.
“The goal of the US government <…> is that this crisis will end in a strategic failure for Russia, — she said.
Among the failures that Moscow, according to the American side, must endure, Wallander named military, political and economic (sanctions, primarily export restrictions).
In addition, the West will seek to hold the Russian leadership accountable to its citizens and the world community. The aide noted that “the stakes are high”: they “concern global stability and security.”
April 25, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said that Washington wants Russia “to be so weakened that it cannot could do more of what she did” and so that she would not have the opportunity to “restore military potential,” CNN reported.
The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Sergei Lavrov, in turn, said that the West would not be able to weaken Russia, and expressed confidence that the country would be able to reconfigure the economy and protect itself “from possible illegitimate hostile actions of opponents in the future.” According to him, Moscow's actions in Ukraine became the reason “for the introduction of massive restrictive measures against Russia, its legal entities and individuals.” At the same time, Western countries do not hide the fact that they are striving to “strangle” of the Russian economy, “undermining its competitiveness, blocking the further progressive development of the country.”
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Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on February 24th. President Vladimir Putin has designated as its goal the protection of the inhabitants of Donbass, the “demilitarization” of and “denazification”. Moscow is not going to occupy a neighboring state, he argued.
On the eve of Lavrov, the goal of military operations was “to ensure the safety of people in the east of Ukraine, so that they would not be threatened by either the militarization or the nazification of this country, and from the territory of Ukraine they would not come threats to the security of the Russian Federation».
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