Russia: Lavrov slams West's response to attacks on Russian diplomatic missions in Ukraine02:23

Russia: Lavrov slams West's response to attacks on Russian diplomatic missions in Ukraine

Russian Federation, Moscow
March 10, 2016 at 13:10 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov hit out at those responsible for Wednesday’s attacks on both the Russian consulate in Lviv and the Russian embassy in Kiev during an interview on Andrei Dobrov’s Sunday program on Ren-TV Channel in Moscow, Thursday.

Describing the actions as “outrageous”, Lavrov stated that the Russian foreign ministry was closely monitoring the situation in both Kiev and Lviv, and in constant contact with Russian ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov and Russian Consul General Oleg Astakhov.

The Russian diplomat went on to criticise the response of European and US governments to the attacks on the Russian diplomatic buildings, saying “we have not seen any reaction from the so-called international community.”

Lavrov stated that Western diplomats “are now more concerned about the requirements to complete the trial and release of Nadezhda Savchenko. This is another issue, but what we face here is hypocrisy and duplicity.”

On Wednesday Ukrainian parliamentary Deputy Volodymyr Parasyuk was among those who broke into the Russian consulate in Lviv stole a Russian flag, and then burned it to an applauding crowd. The incident happened during a rally in support of Nadia Savchenko, a Ukrainian pilot accused of playing a part in the deaths of two Russian journalists in 2014.

The event was followed by several people reportedly throwing Molotov cocktails at the entrance to Russia’s Embassy in Kiev late on Wednesday, after a week of anti-Russian protests have hit diplomatic buildings in the Ukrainian capital and Lviv.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov hit out at those responsible for Wednesday’s attacks on both the Russian consulate in Lviv and the Russian embassy in Kiev during an interview on Andrei Dobrov’s Sunday program on Ren-TV Channel in Moscow, Thursday.

Describing the actions as “outrageous”, Lavrov stated that the Russian foreign ministry was closely monitoring the situation in both Kiev and Lviv, and in constant contact with Russian ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov and Russian Consul General Oleg Astakhov.

The Russian diplomat went on to criticise the response of European and US governments to the attacks on the Russian diplomatic buildings, saying “we have not seen any reaction from the so-called international community.”

Lavrov stated that Western diplomats “are now more concerned about the requirements to complete the trial and release of Nadezhda Savchenko. This is another issue, but what we face here is hypocrisy and duplicity.”

On Wednesday Ukrainian parliamentary Deputy Volodymyr Parasyuk was among those who broke into the Russian consulate in Lviv stole a Russian flag, and then burned it to an applauding crowd. The incident happened during a rally in support of Nadia Savchenko, a Ukrainian pilot accused of playing a part in the deaths of two Russian journalists in 2014.

The event was followed by several people reportedly throwing Molotov cocktails at the entrance to Russia’s Embassy in Kiev late on Wednesday, after a week of anti-Russian protests have hit diplomatic buildings in the Ukrainian capital and Lviv.