West’s promises to help developing countries are ‘pure lies’: Russian foreign minister

Western countries’ pledges to help developing countries economically are “nonsense and pure lies,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Russian television broadcaster Channel One, saying that whatever amount the West promised was a fraction of what it provided to Ukraine.

“There is a tenfold difference between what the West has promised, say, to African countries … and what the West has pledged to the developing world to cover the costs of overcoming climate change” versus Ukraine funding, Lavrov argued, according to state news agency Tass.

The minister also argued that Western countries are running out of funds to support Ukraine. “Everybody’s saying that openly, as far as I understand, there is no secret here,” he said.

— Natasha Turak

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