Ukrainian journalist against Russian diplomat Sergei Lavrov

Ukrainian journalist against Russian diplomat Sergei Lavrov

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

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

The Russian diplomat had arrived in Turkey for talks Establish safe corridors for Ukrainian grain exports. Despite repeated attempts, the press conference between Sergei Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu ended without Muslim Umero being able to ask questions.

Then he stood up and called out to Sergei Lavrov: “I’m from Ukrainian public television, I need to ask a question!” He launched. Apparently embarrassed, the Russian minister adopted this unexpected intervention through protocol overseeing the exchanges.

“Besides the grain, what other goods did you sell that you stole from Ukraine?” Launched by Muslim Umerov.

“We do not stand in the way of grain”

Sergei Lavrov asked to repeat his question before the counterattack.

“You Ukrainians are always worried about what you can steal. You think everyone thinks so!” He turned around and everyone smiled.

“Our goals there are clear, we want to save people from the pressure of the neo-Nazi regime. We are not interfering with the grain. [Volodymyr] Selensky [le président ukrainien, NDLR] Gives orders, that’s all, ”he added.

“I decided to speak out.”

Our Istanbul-based colleague AFP, Muslim Umerov, for Ukrainian public television, then explained that he had “raised his hand throughout the Q&A.”

“I finally realized that they would not let me speak, so I decided to speak out,” he said, adding that “the whole of Ukraine was waiting for an answer to that question, so I took the opportunity to interrupt the press conference.” Added.

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Ukraine’s ambassador to Ankara on Friday accused Russia of “stealing” and exporting Ukrainian grains, especially to Turkey.

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

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