Foreign Minister Lavrov: the geographical objectives of the special operation have expanded beyond the borders of the DPR and LPR Lavrov warned that with the supply of weapons to Ukraine, the geographical objectives of the special operation will be pushed back even further. Russia cannot allow a threat to come from the territory controlled by Kyiv, he added
The geographical objectives of the military special operation in Ukraine have changed, now it is not only the DPR and LPR, but also a number of other territories, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with RIA Novosti. and RT.
“Now the geography is different. This is far from being only the DPR and LPR, it is also the Kherson region, the Zaporozhye region and a number of other territories, and this process continues, and continues consistently and persistently, — he said.
Lavrov added that as the West pumps more and more long-range weapons into Ukraine, the geographical objectives of the special operation will move even further from the current line.
As Lavrov explained, Russia cannot allow
The minister pointed out that when the talks between the delegations of Russia and Ukraine were held in Istanbul at the end of March, there was a different geography. “Our readiness to accept the Ukrainian proposal was based on that geography, on the geography of the end of March 2022,” — explained Lavrov. At the end of March, Russia announced the withdrawal of troops from the Kyiv and Chernigov directions.
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Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on February 24, Vladimir Putin called its goal the protection of the inhabitants of Donbass, the demilitarization and denazification of this country. At the end of February, negotiations began on a peace agreement between Russia and Ukraine, several face-to-face rounds took place, they were also held via videoconference. The President noted in early March that Russian conditions in this context included a neutral status for Ukraine, “so that a threat to the Russian Federation would never emanate from its territory.” Negotiations stopped in mid-May.
The Russian authorities have repeatedly said that all the tasks of the special operation will be solved. At the end of March, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that the military had generally completed the tasks of the special operation, and the combat potential of the Armed Forces of Ukraine had been significantly reduced. In mid-April, Lavrov announced that the next stage of the special operation had begun.
After the outbreak of hostilities, Western countries began to supply weapons to Kyiv. Ukraine received, among other things, Javelin and NLAW anti-tank systems, Stinger air defense systems, Starstreak MANPADS, ASH Krab howitzers, HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems and Harpoon missile systems. Moscow has repeatedly stated that arms deliveries are aimed at prolonging the conflict.
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Diplomat, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia
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