(QHA) -

Russia has lashed out at the West over Ukraine, saying the political turmoil and armed conflict there is the result of what Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called 25 years of efforts by Western countries to strengthen their own security at the expense of others.

Addressing Russia's lower parliament house on November 19, Lavrov said the West "must support the process of mutually acceptable agreements instead of supporting the party of war in Kyiv, closing its eyes on outrageous human rights violations, lawlessness, and war crimes." 

Lavrov tempered the message by saying that there is no alternative to cooperation between Russia and the European Union.

But he blamed the EU for the strains and said Russia's relations with the West must be based on the assumption of equality, echoing a demand President Vladimir Putin set out on the first day of his third term in 2012.