Sergei Lavrov has made the extraordinary claim that Russia ‘did not attack Ukraine’ and dismissed the ‘pathetic outcry’ over the Mariupol hospital bombing as peace talks broke down in Turkey today.
Vladimir Putin’s attack dog met with Ukraine’s foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba, who vowed his country ‘will not surrender’ to Russia as the negotiations made no progress towards a ceasefire.
Speaking after the failed talks, Lavrov said: ‘We are not planning to attack other countries. We didn’t attack Ukraine, either.’
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Lavrov said in reference to the hospital attack: ‘It is not the first time we see pathetic outcries concerning the so-called atrocities perpetrated by the Russian military.’
Despite his bizarre claim that Russia is not attacking Ukraine, he then admitted the hospital was deliberately targeted, saying it had been taken over by Ukrainian radicals and all the ‘mothers and nurses were chased out of there’.
Images from the senseless shelling, which saw three people killed including one child and dozens injured, show pregnant mothers and nurses being rushed from the building on stretchers among the rubble.
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But Lavrov said: ‘A few days ago, at a meeting of the UN Security Council, the Russian delegation presented the facts that this maternity hospital had long been captured by the Azov battalion and other radicals, all women in labor, all nurses, and in general, all the staff were expelled from there. It was the base of the ultra-radical Azov battalion.’
The Kremlin lackey again accused the West of stoking up tensions and insisted that Russia was carrying out ‘special operations’ in Ukraine.
He said Ukrainians are being used as human shields by ‘so-called territorial defence forces’ and claimed Russia was operating humanitarian corridors for the safe evacuation of civilians, despite repeated shelling of the escape routes.
The foreign minister also accused the West of providing Ukraine with weapons.
He said: ‘We see how dangerously our Western colleagues, including in the European Union, are acting now, which, in violation of all its so-called principles and values, encourages the supply of deadly weapons to Ukraine.’
Meanwhile his counterpart Kuleba blasted the ‘difficult’ meeting, accusing Lavrov of bringing ‘traditional narratives’ about Ukraine to the negotiating table.
He said after the failed talks: ‘I want to repeat that Ukraine has not surrendered, does not surrender, and will not surrender.’
He also said in apparent reference to the Kremlin: ‘It seems that there are other decision-makers for this matter in Russia.’
Moscow’s most senior diplomat arrived in the southern resort city of Antalya to negotiate at the summit mediated by Ankara, which has supplied Ukraine with drones and condemned the invasion but criticised punitive global sanctions against Russia.
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