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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the Russian Federation had no choice but to start a special operation in Ukraine . According to him, this was how the anti-Russian project of the West was thwarted.
In addition, Lavrov noted that Russia would not put forward initiatives to improve relations with the West. Moscow will see “how they themselves will get out of the impasse into which they have driven themselves.”
Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Ukraine was conducting punitive military operations against the Donbass. He said this during a concert-rally in Luzhniki. He added that the region was under blockade and subjected to systematic shelling.
On Friday, Putin was at a rally-concert in Luzhniki, dedicated to the anniversary of the annexation of Crimea, and addressed the audience.