The Russian Foreign Minister refused to listen to others speak at the UN Security Council meeting about the atrocities committed in Ukraine.
Sergei Lavrov sought to blame the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine, saying ‘radical forces’ and ‘neo-Nazis’ have ruled since 2014 ‘as a result of an armed coup with the direct support of Western countries’.
Speaking at a special meeting of the foreign minister level of the Security Council, he also accused Kyiv of threatening his country’s security and ‘trampling’ on Russia’s rights.
This, he said, all ‘only confirmed the inevitability of the decision to carry out a special military operation’.
Seven months after starting the brutal war, which allegedly the West wanted to ‘drag out the fight as long as possible in spite of the victims to wear down and weaken Russia’.
Denying the other 14 members the opportunity to speak with him, he arrived late and left immediately after his own speech.
Speaking after he left, the British foreign secretary said: ‘He left the room, I’m not surprised. I don’t think Mr Lavrov wants to hear the collective condemnation of this council.’
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba later said that ‘the number of lies coming from Russian diplomats is incredible’.
‘I saw today that Russian diplomats ran like Russian troops’, Mr. Kuleba quipped.
The meeting in New York was attended by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Lavrov, among others.
It came after Vladimir Putin warned he was ‘not bluffing’ about his willingness to use nuclear weapons against the West.
More than 1,300 protesters were arrested in 38 regions of Russia yesterday after Kremlin leaders announced a partial military mobilization, with 300,000 reserves to be called up to fight.
Moscow-controlled areas of eastern and southern Ukraine will also hold a ‘fake referendum’ to become part of Russia.
This evening, James Cleverly called on countries to reject the ‘charade’ of the referendum and warned that Putin would use it to annex Ukrainian territory and increase aggression.
“Every day, the consequences of the Russian invasion become clearer,” he said.
‘We see overwhelming evidence of Russian atrocities against civilians, including indiscriminate and targeted attacks on more than 200 medical facilities and 40 educational institutions and horrific acts of sexual violence.’
Any meaningful action in Ukraine has been blocked because Russia is a veto-wielding permanent member of the security council.
US secretary of state Antony Blinken earlier told the gathering that ‘one man chooses this war, one man can end it’.
‘If Russia stops fighting, the war ends, but if Ukraine stops fighting, Ukraine ends’, he said.
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Source : metro.co.uk