Lavrov for the BBC: Russia is not as clean as a tear, but it is not ashamed

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov admits in an interview with the BBC that Russia is not completely innocent of the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, but does not seem to regret it. “Russia is what it is and it is not ashamed” to show that, he says.

At the helm of 18-year-old Russian diplomacy, Sergei Lavrov is repeating the official propaganda thesis that Moscow had to launch the “special operation” in Ukraine because of the West. In addition, he accuses that organizations that criticize Russia, including the UN (where Russia is a permanent member of the Security Council), are, in fact, under Western influence.

“We have not invaded Ukraine. We started a special military operation because we had absolutely no other way to explain to the West that dragging Ukraine into NATO is a criminal act, “he said in a BBC interview.

Since the Russian army attacked Ukraine almost four months ago, thousands of civilians have been killed and entire cities reduced to rubble, while millions of Ukrainians have fled their homes.

The BBC quoted the Russian Foreign Minister in an official UN report on the Ukrainian village of Yahidne in the Chernihiv region as saying that “360 people, including 74 children and five people with disabilities, have been forced by Russian armies to stay in the basement of a school for 28 days … There were no toilets, no water … 10 elderly people died “and asked Sergei Lavrov if that meant fighting the” Nazis “.

“It’s a pity, but international diplomats, including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN Secretary-General and other UN officials, are under pressure from the West. And very often they are used to amplify the false news spread by the West “, replied the head of the Russian diplomacy.

“Russia is not a ţwouldcomplicated clean as a tear. Russia is what it is and we are not ashamed to show who we are “, added Sergei Lavrov.

Regarding Moscow’s relations with London, the head of Russian diplomacy believes that “there is no room for maneuver.”

“Both Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Liz Truss (head of diplomacy in London) say openly that Russia should be defeated, that Russia should be forced to fall to its knees. Come on, then, do this! ”Sergei Lavrov launched the challenge.

Editor: Luana Pavaluca

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