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BBC interview with Russian foreign minister: ‘Russia is not without problems’ – BBC News
  • Steve Rosenberg
  • BBC Russia editor from Moscow

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Thousands of civilians have been killed, entire towns reduced to rubble and millions of Ukrainians have fled their homes since Russian troops attacked Ukraine nearly four months ago. But on Thursday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov looked me in the eyes and told me things were not what they seemed.

“We did not invade Ukraine,” he claimed.

“We announced a special military operation because we had absolutely no other way to make the West understand that dragging Ukraine into NATO was a crime.”

Lavrov has given only a few interviews to Western media since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.

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