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GLIMPSES: Lavrov’s fast entrance and exit at United Nations

UNITED NATIONS — As if there wasn’t sufficient rigidity.

After days of speeches by world leaders taking refined and not-so-subtle photographs at Russia for its invasion of Ukraine throughout the annual U.N. Common Meeting, in walked Russian International Minister Sergey Lavrov to handle the Security Council on Thursday.

He arrived simply minutes earlier than he needed to converse, lacking U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s earlier remarks blasting Moscow for what the American described as battle crimes and different atrocities.

After which it was Lavrov’s flip to pontificate, and he did for a number of minutes, repeating his nation’s frequent claims that Kyiv has lengthy oppressed Russian audio system and that Western help for Ukraine is a menace to Moscow. All of the whereas, Ukrainian International Minister Dmytro Kuleba appeared on.

In that quick second, the world watched one thing uncommon: The highest diplomats of two nations at battle in the identical room.

They didn’t converse with one another, as a substitute lobbing barbs at — or previous — one another. Kuleba even quipped earlier than the assembly that he would keep “social distance.”

Lavrov stated U.S. coverage towards Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskyy’s authorities was primarily based on the rationale that “he’s a son of a bitch, however he’s our son of a bitch.” Kuleba chided Russia afterward for the “inappropriate slang.”

After which, the second was over simply as rapidly because it started. As quickly as Lavrov completed talking, he was gone in a flash.

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