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Moscow "to reply adequately to any of Kyiv's armed provocations" in Donbas, - Lavrov

Source : 112 Ukraine

Russian foreign minister believes that the Western governments keep supporting Ukraine's "militaristic aspirations"
12:42, 31 December 2021

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
RIA Novosti

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergei Lavrov claimed that Moscow could provide an "adequate reply" to "any possible military provocations of Kyiv against Donbas". RIA Novosti news agency reported that on December 31.

According to Lavrov, the Western governments keep supporting Ukraine's "militaristic aspirations", and Kyiv "treats such support as a carte blanche to conduct a military operation".

Related: US not ready to compromise Ukraine’s sovereignty, - ambassador about Russian invasion threat

President of the U.S. Joe Biden called on his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to choose de-escalation of the situation around Ukraine's borders and threatened that the invasion of Ukraine would have consequences for Russia. The American leader said so during his phone conversation with Putin on December 30, reports press office of the White House.

"President Biden urged Russia to de-escalate tensions with Ukraine. He made clear that the United States and its allies and partners will respond decisively if Russia further invades Ukraine. President Biden also expressed support for diplomacy, starting early next year with the bilateral Strategic Stability Dialogue, at NATO through the NATO-Russia Council, and at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe", the White House said.

Related: For full-scale invasion, Russia needs five times more troops than are now near Ukraine's borders, - Defense Council

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