Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken had a hot-tempered exchange of views on the events in Ukraine in 2014, according to Bloomberg agency. This happened at a dinner at the OSCE Council of Foreign Ministers in Stockholm in the presence of dozens of colleagues from other countries.
According to the agency, Lavrov took the floor and called what happened in Ukraine in 2014 a coup. He also said NATO and the European Union are suppressing dissent and threatening Russia. In response, Blinken said that in 2014, forces controlled by President Viktor Yanukovych fired on peaceful demonstrators in Kiev and killed more than 100 people. The Secretary of State also noted that “NATO is a defense alliance.” Bloomberg claims the controversy was “tense.”
On December 2, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, called the information of the Ukrainian media “fabulous news” that Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba and Anthony Blinken “put Lavrov in his place during an informal dinner.” “Complete intellectual dysfunction of Western curators and their Ukrainian protégés,” she wrote on Facebook.
Sergei Lavrov and Anthony Blinken met in Stockholm. They exchanged warnings. The Russian minister warned about the “most serious consequences” of Ukraine being drawn into the “geopolitical games of the United States.” The secretary of state said that during the escalation, Washington intends to force Moscow “to pay a substantial price.”