‘We won’t fight Ukraine, I promise’: Possibly the fieriest interview of Sergey Lavrov’s career

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After 14 years in the job, the Russian foreign minister has probably heard every question. But then he was asked if Russia should demolish the Katyn war cemetery in retaliation against Poland, or imminently go to war with Ukraine. Sergey Lavrov is used to defending his homeland against international lines of inquiry. But last week he was ambushed by different, supposedly friendlier interlocutors – two correspondents from the country’s tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda, led by the former ‘bad girl’ of Russian journalism, war reporter and columnist Darya Aslamova. Their lengthy sit-down chat produced likely the most colorful (and oddest) interview Lavrov has given ever since he was appointed Russia’s envoy to the UN back in 1994. Aslamova suggests that Russia should recognize Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics in eastern Ukraine. Lavrov: And then what? Aslamova: Then we defend our territory that we recognized, help our fraternal nation. Lavrov: And you want to lose the rest of…

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