Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday cited the wars in Iraq, Libya and Syria after US President Joe Biden defended the trial of Russian President Vladimir Putin, for war crimes committed in Ukraine.
“It shows that a lot of American politicians who were at the origins of the Iraq war for well-known reasons, who disintegrated Libya with their NATO partners, who invaded Syria, these politicians are not entirely with a clear conscience,” Lavrov said during an interview. Collective interview.
Lavrov said that on the previous occasion when Biden called Putin a “war criminal”, his White House advisers had to relativize his remarks later.
“We are interested more than anything in how the Russian people view this situation and any other. How they understand the missions our armed forces carry out. And he (the Russian people) understands these missions,” the minister declared, referring to the fact that, according to polls, the majority of Russian women support Russia’s “special military operation” in Ukraine.
Lavrov also claimed that the US wants by all means to maintain its hegemony over “a unipolar world” in which “everything is allowed” and others have no right to guarantee their “own security”.
The Russian minister justified the intervention in Ukraine by the need to “regulate, even with very harsh methods”, a situation “created” by the reluctance of the West to talk to Russia about security guarantees.
“This arrogance, which spreads at all levels, will do no good,” he declared, although he argued that Moscow was willing to have an “honest” dialogue with the West.
Biden said on Monday that Putin should stand trial for war crimes over an alleged massacre by Russian troops in the Ukrainian town of Bucha, near Kiev.
Ukrainian authorities put the number of bodies buried in Bucha at 340, a city that Russian soldiers abandoned on March 30 after committing summary executions, according to Human Rights Watch.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky, who described Russian soldiers as “murderers, executioners and rapists”, highlighted the importance of “bringing to international justice” this massacre, which shocked the international community.
The images released include hundreds of dead bodies on the streets, some with their hands tied behind their backs, in executions confirmed by some residents and eyewitnesses.
Later, in a speech before the Romanian Parliament, Zelensky warned that the death toll in Bucha could be higher than initially believed.
For its part, the Kremlin “categorically rejected all allegations” and demanded that Western leaders not rush to make “free accusations”, while Lavrov described the allegations as “fake news” and “mounting”.
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