France’s foreign ministry said on Friday it had summoned the Russian ambassador to protest an “unacceptable” tweet issued by the embassy in Paris that featured crude cartoons depicting Europe and the United States.
“These publications are unacceptable,” a ministry spokesman said on Thursday after two tweets, which have now been deleted, showed Europeans licking the buttocks of a man dressed as Uncle Sam, and The second shows two doctors wearing US and EU insignia injecting Europe with syringes. “Russophobia”, “Neo-Nazism” and “Sanction.”
“We are trying to maintain a demanding channel of dialogue with Russia and these actions are completely unfair.”
French European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune on Thursday called the cartoon post “outrageous” in response to a drawing posted earlier in the afternoon by the Twitter account of the Russian embassy in France.
The Russian embassy in Paris timed its publication of the cartoon on Thursday to coincide with the unprecedented triple summit of NATO, the G7 and the European Union in Brussels to discuss how Russia would deal with Russia’s war in Ukraine. .
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Western leaders met in Brussels to strengthen their forces in Eastern Europe, increase military aid to Ukraine and tighten their sanctions on Russia as Moscow entered its second month of attack on its neighbor.
French President Emmanuel Macron has sought to continue talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and continues to hold regular talks with him as part of efforts to achieve a ceasefire and start a credible dialogue between Kyiv and Moscow.
Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow was facing a full-blown war declared by the West.
Lavrov said at a meeting on Friday that “a real hybrid war, a total war on us, was declared.” He said the goal was “to destroy, break, destroy, strangle the Russian economy, and Russia as a whole.”
During the first month of what Russia describes as a “special military operation” in Ukraine, the West took tough measures targeting Russia’s economy and financial system as well as President Vladimir Putin and Russian oligarchs .
Despite this, Lavrov said that Russia is not isolated.
“We have many friends, allies, partners in the world, a large number of associations in which Russia is working with countries on all continents and we will continue to do so,” Lavrov said. He said most states would not engage in Western sanctions policy against Russia.
(with inputs from agencies)