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Ukraine will be liberated from ‘neo-Nazi’ rulers, Russia’s FM says

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a meeting with members of the Security Council at the Kremlin in Moscow, November 18, 2022. (Photo via AFP)

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the Ukrainian people will be liberated from the ‘neo-Nazi’ rulers since they do deserve “friendly relations with their Slavic brothers.”

Lavrov said in a film aired by the Rossiya-24 television channel on Saturday that people in Ukraine "deserve to live in good neighborliness, friendship, prosperity next to its Slavic brothers."

The foreign minister echoed remarks made by President Vladimir Putin shortly after he announced the “special military operation” in Ukraine on February 24, following Kiev’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements and Moscow’s recognition of the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk. Putin said back then that one of the goals of the operation was to “de-Nazify” Ukraine.

Russia held a referendum in Ukraine’s Crimea in 2014, when 97 percent of voters favored joining the Russian Federation amid condemnation by Kiev and its Western sponsors.

Ukraine, whose post-Soviet borders Russia recognized under the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, insists it will never accept Russian control of any part of its territory and will fight until the last Russian soldier is ousted.

President Putin, however, has previously expressed confidence that the Russian military campaign will achieve its intended result.

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