Lavrov blames West for no Ukraine talks, defends navy drills


              People supporting Ukraine picket against Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov outside the Dirco (OR Tambo) Building in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, Jan. 23, 2023. Lavrov arrived in South Africa for diplomatic talks with his counterpart amid heightened global tensions over the country's war with Ukraine. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
            
              People supporting Ukraine picket against Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov outside the Dirco (OR Tambo) Building in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, Jan. 23, 2023. Lavrov arrived in South Africa for diplomatic talks with his counterpart amid heightened global tensions over the country's war with Ukraine. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
            
              Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks during the opining remarks of his meeting with his South Africa's counterpart Naledi Pandor in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, Jan. 23, 2023. Lavrov arrived in South Africa for diplomatic talks with his counterpart amid heightened global tensions over the country's war with Ukraine. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
            
              Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, speaks as his South Africa's counterpart Naledi Pandor listens, during their opining remarks of their meeting in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, Jan. 23, 2023. Lavrov arrived in South Africa for diplomatic talks with his counterpart amid heightened global tensions over the country's war with Ukraine. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
            
              Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, centre, arrives for his meeting with South Africa's counterpart Naledi Pandor in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, Jan. 23, 2023. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
            
              In this photo released by the Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, and his South Africa's counterpart Naledi Pandor, speak, during their meeting in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, Jan. 23, 2023. (Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service via AP)
            
              Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, shakes hands with his South Africa's counterpart Naledi Pandor in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, Jan. 23, 2023. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
            
              Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, is welcomed by his South Africa's counterpart Naledi Pandor in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, Jan. 23, 2023. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
            
              In this photo released by the Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, and his South Africa's counterpart Naledi Pandor pose for a photo prior to their talks in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, Jan. 23, 2023. (Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service via AP)