The foreign minister of RussiaSergéi Lavrov, defended this Monday the good health of the Russian president, Vladimir Putinand said that no one in his right mind “can appreciate a symptom of disease” in him.
“President Putin appears publicly every day. You can see him on the screens, listen to his speeches. I don’t think people in their right mind can appreciate a symptom of illness in this man“, said Lavrov in a televised interview on TF1 and LCI channels in France.
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These statements come after information and speculation in recent months about Putin’s alleged poor health.
In the interview, which lasted about 15 minutes, Lavrov defended Russia’s actions in Ukraine and insisted that the goal is to “denazify” the country and defend the Russian language.
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Lavrov criticized the European Union’s actions in this crisis and accused it of acting as a vassal of the United States and of having planned the sanctions for a long time, even before February, when the Russian tanks entered Ukraine.
Asked about the suffering of the Ukrainian population and the deaths of thousands of civilians, Lavrov accused the Ukrainian Army and “neo-Nazi battalions” of using the population as a shield to protect military equipment, which according to Russia is their only objective.
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“If the operation takes so long it is because the Russian Army has asked to avoid at all costs the attack on civilian infrastructure”, assured Lavrov, who did not answer the presenter’s question about the devastating state of cities like Mariupol. The objectives of Russiaaccording to Lavrov, are “protecting civilians in Donbas, demilitarizing Ukraine and preventing weapons from being there that pose a threat to Russia.
Also, restore the Russian language and remove the Ukrainian Army “from the Donetsk and Lugansk regions” and from the rest of the territory where there are people “who do not want to break ties with Russia”, because “it is up to the population to decide”.
For Lavrov, the sanctions of the European Union are “hysterical” and “show impotence”, since “the main loser of this war is Europe”.
Regarding Macron’s insistence on keeping the discussion channels open with Putin, Lavrov said that the Russian president accepts requests for communication from all over the world.
“We hear that Russia is publicly accused of aggression by EU leaders, without exception, in bellicose language. If behind that language there is a will to act on the problems and causes of the current crisis, we will always be ready to discuss”, he added.
However, he said that despite the “long relationship of trust” between Macron and Putin, “France actively arms Ukraine, also with offensive weapons, and calls for a war to the end to defeat Russia.”