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    Russia’s Top Diplomat: West’s ‘Hybrid War’ Won’t Stop Moscow

    Russia’s Top Diplomat: West’s ‘Hybrid War’ Won’t Stop Moscow

    will achieve its objectives in despite a “hybrid war” waged by the West against Moscow, the top Russian diplomat said Wednesday.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the goals of Moscow's “special operation” in Ukraine are “determined by Russia's core legitimate interests” and will be fulfilled.

    “There must be no military infrastructure in Ukraine that poses a direct threat to our country,” Lavrov said, adding that Moscow also intends to make sure the rights of ethnic Russians in Ukraine were protected.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has explained his decision to send troops into Ukraine on Feb. 24 by the need to “demilitarize” and “denazify” Ukraine, to prevent the neighboring country from joining NATO and to protect Russian speakers living there. Ukraine and its Western allies have rejected those arguments as a cover for an unprovoked act of aggression.

    Speaking at a marathon annual news conference, Lavrov dismissed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's demands for a complete Russian withdrawal from Ukraine. The minister also dismissed Ukraine's insistence on payments for war damages and the prosecution of war criminals as a platform for future talks, saying “there can be no talks with Zelenskyy.”

    Lavrov alleged “the West makes all the decisions for Ukraine” with the goal of using the conflict to exhaust Russia. NATO members…

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