Lavrov pledges ‘full protection’ for any territory annexed by Russia

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov addresses the U.N. General Assembly and the world’s media in New York. He attempted to justify Russia’s February invasion of its neighbor, repeating Moscow’s false claims that the elected government in Kyiv was illegitimately installed, filled with neo-Nazis and oppressed Russian speakers in the country’s east. Russia on Friday launched referendums in four eastern ukrainian regions aimed at annexing territory it has taken by force. The likely annexation of Ukrainian territory raises the question of how Russia might respond to the use of Western weapons in those regions.

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