Russian diplomatic chief Sergei Lavrov is attacked by a Ukrainian journalist

Russian diplomatic chief Sergei Lavrov is attacked by a Ukrainian journalist

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a press conference in Ankara (Turkey) on June 8, 2022. – Adam Altan

The man did not miss his target: a Ukrainian journalist took advantage of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s visit to Ankara on Wednesday to forcefully question him during a press conference.

The head of Russian diplomacy was in Turkey for discussion Creation of safe corridors for Ukrainian grain exports. The press conference of Sergei Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu was coming to an end without Amirov Muslim being able to ask his question, despite repeated attempts.

Then he stood up and loudly called Sergey Lavrov: “I am from Ukrainian Public Television, I definitely want to ask a question!” Release. Out of apparent embarrassment, the Russian minister accepted this unexpected interference with the protocol that had just established a precise framework for the exchanges.

“Aside from grain, what other goods did you steal from Ukraine and to whom did you sell them?” Muslim Umarov was fired.

‘We don’t stand in the way of grain’

Sergei Lavrov asked him to repeat his question before the counterattack.

“You Ukrainians are always worried about what you can steal and you think everyone thinks that way!” Turn off, all smiles.

“Our goals there are clear, we want to save people from the pressures of the neo-Nazi regime. We do not block the grain. For it to leave the ports,” said Mr. A. [Volodymyr] Zelensky [le président ukrainien, NDLR] It gives it everything.”

I decided to speak up.

Then joined by our AFP colleagues, Istanbul-based Muslim Omerov explained to Ukrainian Public Television that he “raised his hand during the whole question-and-answer session”.

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“I finally understood that they would not let me speak, so I decided to speak out,” and “I risked disrupting the press conference because the whole of Ukraine is waiting for this question to be answered,” he added.

The Ukrainian ambassador in Ankara on Friday accused Russia of “stealing” and exporting Ukrainian grain, especially to Turkey.

Since the start of the conflict in Ukraine, Sergey Lavrov, the target of Western sanctions, has made rare visits abroad, taking him in particular to China, India, Algeria, Saudi Arabia and twice to Turkey.

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