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Security Council meeting: Poroshenko, Pence leave the room before Lavrov’s speech
21:16, 20 September 2017
Security Council meeting: Poroshenko, Pence leave the room before Lavrov’s speech

Russian delegation was present during Poroshenko’s speech, but Lavrov wasn’t there at the time

21:16, 20 September 2017

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President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence left the room of the UN Security Council meeting before the speech of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov, according to RIA News.

“Pence and Poroshenko held their speeches, and then the President of Ukraine left the room. Pence exited a few minutes later,” the media says.

In his speech, Lavrov emphasized that issue of giving the UN peacekeepers more power in Donbas should be handled with caution, and that they should use force only for self-defense and in defence of the mandate.

Previously President of Ukraine advocated for deploying the UN peacekeeping mission all over the occupied territory, and giving them an extended mandate, including the permit to use weapons not only for the self-defense.

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