Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov accuses U.S. of seeking to subjugate Russia amid Ukraine conflict

The American leaders thought they had missed an opportunity to put the Soviet Union in its place once and for all after it collapsed, Lavrov stated in an interview with Russian state media. 

In a blistering rebuke of United States foreign policy, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov accused Washington of harbouring the mistaken belief that it could keep Russia subservient and under its control.

The American leaders thought they had missed an opportunity to put the Soviet Union in its place once and for all after it collapsed, Lavrov stated in an interview with Russian state media.

Lavrov’s inflammatory comments come amid escalating tensions between the two nuclear superpowers over the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Russia’s invasion last year has drawn staunch military support for Kyiv from the U.S. and its NATO allies.

The foreign minister doubled down on longstanding Kremlin rhetoric portraying Russia as a besieged fortress resisting Western efforts to contain and subjugate it geopolitically.

He added that the Americans have been invariably guided by their imperial ambitions, rejecting the very existence of other centres of power that do not ditto their point of view.

Lavrov’s combative statements reflect the Kremlin’s growing irritation with American arms supplies to Ukraine and what it perceives as inappropriate U.S. meddling in the war. His words seem crafted to rally domestic Russian support while painting the conflict as an existential struggle against American domination.

The White House had no immediate response to Lavrov’s remarks. However, U.S. officials have repeatedly stated their goal is defending Ukraine’s sovereignty and democracy, not subjugating Russia itself.

As the bitter back-and-forth escalates, prospects for a negotiated peace look increasingly remote. With both sides doubling down rhetorically, the West’s standoff with Russia appears headed towards an even more perilous stage.