Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov lashed out at criticism Friday over Moscow's invasion of Ukraine at talks with dozens of foreign ministers in Jakarta, the European Union's top diplomat said.

Moscow's invasion of Ukraine last year has cemented a deep Cold War-style rupture between Russia and the West, with the United States and major European powers supporting Kyiv with financial and military aid.

"Lavrov responded (to) me very aggressively and explained his point of view, saying everything is a 'West conspiracy' and the war will continue... as Russia is not at all ready to stop the aggression and withdraw troops," EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told reporters after ASEAN Regional Forum talks.

Borrell said he explained to Lavrov why the 27-member European Union was supporting Ukraine and asked Russia to withdraw its troops from Ukraine "as the only way of stopping the war".

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The trading of barbs came at a security meeting in the Indonesian capital that also included the United States, China and Japan.

Russia's top diplomat has been dispatched to multilateral forums to present Moscow's position as it becomes increasingly isolated on the international stage.

The EU granted Ukraine candidate status for membership last year, in the wake of Russia's invasion.

The European Commission, the EU's executive arm, is set to issue a more full assessment of Ukraine's progress in October and give its opinion on whether to start membership negotiations.

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At a press conference after a Paris meeting of EU leaders, Macron said that while there was no consensus about sending troops to Ukraine, given the dynamic unfolding, nothing could be ruled out.

Kyiv has been pushing to get talks going this year and insists it is making major strides even as it battles Moscow's forces.

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Freddie
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Iook how mean and nasty he looks. You wanna fight Nato well come on then . Otherwise keep
You mouth and where it belongs eating your own BS.

GeronL
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@Freddie,

GeronL
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Russia has 90% of their forces in Ukraine, NATO could walk to Moscow

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Oslo
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There is a hell for them trails of war crimes and the noose.

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Paolo
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When you allow gangsters to rule your country this is the outcome.
The gangsters only care about filling their pockets and are happy for Russian citizens to spill their blood to keep them in power.

Barry L
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@Paolo, Cite your sources and evidence. Otherwise, we can presume that you are a FSB propagandist.

Ademeion
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@Barry L,
Barry, I think Paolo means Russian leaders with “gangsters”.

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Freddie
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Fuck this guy and the clown car he drove up in.

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I support
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One hell of a country Russia likes keep stabing itself more and more until on day it bleeds out.

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MJ
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Absolutly doesn't matter what Russia does at this point, they'll be isolated for the next 25 years, hit with rebuilding costs in Ukraine, held responsible for war crimes, denied imports, and have sanctions lifted only by demanded behavior outlined by the West. Other than a nuclear country Russia is a 5th world nation and the new Russia's emblem is the "Care Bear".

Ademeion
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@MJ,
Good points. I'd like to add that the longer Russia conducts this war, the worse off it will be after the war. In the end it may be good for Ukraine that the counter offensive isn't going faster than it is. The weakness of Russia after this war is one of the ways successfulness of this war can be measured. I'm pretty sure Georgia and some other nearby countries and areas like what they see in that regard.

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