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Lavrov: West is to blame for annexation of Crimea

A year ago, the West did not respond to the calls of the Ukrainian nationalist leaders to expulse or destruct the Russians in Crimea, and it led to annexation of the peninsula. It was stated by the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Sergey Lavrov

"The rush to abolish the status of language of minorities in Ukraine was accompanied by anti-Russian slogans. In late February last year, Jarosh (the leader of the Right Sector) announced that the Russians would never accept Ukrainian culture, they will never glorify Bandera, the Russians could not be changed, so there should not be any Russians in Crimea. Therefore, they should be either expelled or killed," said Lavrov, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the Russian media.

He stressed that none of the Western partners reacted to such statements.

Lavrov also said that Russia continues to speak for respect for international law in the entirety of the objectives and principles set therein.

"We would like the West to pay no less attention to other cases in modern history – for example, the bombing of Yugoslavia, the situation with the unilateral declaration of Kosovo without any referendums, the invasion in Iraq under false pretenses, the abuse of UN Security Council mandate on Libya," Lavrov stressed.

It should be recalled that in an interview with Russian TV channel "Russia-1" Russian President Vladimir Putin told about how the operation of annexation of Crimea was conducted. According to the Russian president, initially, the heads of the security services and the Ministry of Defense had a goal to "save the life of President of Ukraine", who, according to Vladimir Putin, was threatened with destruction. "While leaving, I told all of my colleagues that we had to start working on the return of Crimea to Russia," the Russian leader said.