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Russia: Lavrov calls Western 'hysteria' over Ukraine ‘information terrorism’ 05:05

Russia: Lavrov calls Western 'hysteria' over Ukraine ‘information terrorism’

Russian Federation, Moscow
February 15, 2022 at 12:30 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov condemned the West’s hysteria over Russia’s alleged preparations for an invasion of Ukraine, speaking in Moscow on Tuesday after negotiations with Polish Foreign Minister and OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Zbigniew Rau.

The minister said Russia’s troops are returning to their permanent bases after taking part in exercises despite the West claiming the troop build-up was part of an invasion plan.

“I can assure you that if the West has not yet said it, it will definitely say: ’See, we pressed them, like Biden did, they immediately got scared and complied with our demands.’ That's all,” Lavrov said.

He went on to say Russia “will do what we need to do on our own territory, what we consider necessary for our security, and we reject the attempt by our Western colleagues to interpret the principles of the OSCE's indivisibility of security in such a way as to suggest that they know better how to ensure Russia's security.”

Russia’s top diplomat also said Moscow would “continue our dialogue to clarify the position of the West regarding the extent to which NATO members can agree on filling this principle of indivisibility of security with real content.”

The presence of Russian military personnel on the border with Ukraine has caused concern in the West about a possible invasion of Russian troops into the country.

Several countries have urged their citizens to leave Ukraine and issued travel warnings, citing concerns of potential armed conflict in the country.

Russian Defense Ministry announced earlier on Tuesday that units of Russia’s Southern and Western Military Districts would begin heading back to their military garrisons.

Russia: Lavrov calls Western 'hysteria' over Ukraine ‘information terrorism’ 05:05
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov condemned the West’s hysteria over Russia’s alleged preparations for an invasion of Ukraine, speaking in Moscow on Tuesday after negotiations with Polish Foreign Minister and OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Zbigniew Rau.

The minister said Russia’s troops are returning to their permanent bases after taking part in exercises despite the West claiming the troop build-up was part of an invasion plan.

“I can assure you that if the West has not yet said it, it will definitely say: ’See, we pressed them, like Biden did, they immediately got scared and complied with our demands.’ That's all,” Lavrov said.

He went on to say Russia “will do what we need to do on our own territory, what we consider necessary for our security, and we reject the attempt by our Western colleagues to interpret the principles of the OSCE's indivisibility of security in such a way as to suggest that they know better how to ensure Russia's security.”

Russia’s top diplomat also said Moscow would “continue our dialogue to clarify the position of the West regarding the extent to which NATO members can agree on filling this principle of indivisibility of security with real content.”

The presence of Russian military personnel on the border with Ukraine has caused concern in the West about a possible invasion of Russian troops into the country.

Several countries have urged their citizens to leave Ukraine and issued travel warnings, citing concerns of potential armed conflict in the country.

Russian Defense Ministry announced earlier on Tuesday that units of Russia’s Southern and Western Military Districts would begin heading back to their military garrisons.