Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov walked out of a UN security council meeting after accusing Ukraine and its western allies of starting the war against Russia.
Ukraine and its allies were attempting to “impose on us a completely different narrative about Russian aggression”, Lavrov argued. The foreign minister was nearly 90 minutes late for the meeting and appeared to want to leave as soon as he finished speaking.
War has been ongoing in #Ukraine since 2014, we have waited for 8 YEARS to act, the wait is over, and Kiev regime has been WAGING OFFENSIVE against Russian language in recent years – #Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov at UN Security Council.@IntelRepublic pic.twitter.com/Z3YlZ2ch4W
— George A. Hamalian (@gahamalian) September 22, 2022
After giving his speech, the Russian diplomat stormed out of the meeting. He accused Ukraine and its Western allies of “impunity” in the eastern Donbas region and argues they are attempting to “impose on us a completely different narrative about Russian aggression.”
Speaking at the council meeting after Lavrov, UK’s foreign secretary James Cleverly affirmed that his country would support Ukraine all the way and for as long as it takes.
Cleverly added Russia had tried to “lay the blame on those imposing sanctions” and that “every day, the devastating consequences of Russia’s invasion become more clear”.
Moreover, he said of Lavrov: “He has left the chamber, I’m not surprised. I don’t think Mr. Lavrov wants to hear the collective condemnation of this council.”
'We see what they're doing and we're rejecting it. He didn't want to hear it and that's why [Russia's foreign minister] left the chamber.'
Darren McCaffrey speaks to James Cleverly at the UN security council meeting about Ukraine, after Sergei Lavrov walked out of the meeting. pic.twitter.com/tcsxJBNRLU
— GB News (@GBNEWS) September 22, 2022
Opening the meeting, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the war “shows no sign of letting up”.