- Sputnik International, 1920, 25.02.2022
Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
On February 24, 2022 Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine, aiming to liberate the Donbass region where the people's republics of Donetsk and Lugansk had been living under regular attacks from Kiev's forces.

Lavrov: Ukraine Can’t Have Weapons That Pose Threat to Russia

© Photo : RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRYRussian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov   - Sputnik International, 1920, 16.03.2022
Earlier, the Russian Defence Ministry said that there were about 30 biolaboratories on the territory of Ukraine.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that Ukraine cannot have weapons that pose a material threat to Russia.

"There can be no weapons in Ukraine that pose a threat to Russia. We are ready to coordinate those types of weapons that do not pose a threat to us," Lavrov stated.

The neutral status of Ukraine is now being seriously discussed at the talks, along with the requirements of Russia on security guarantees, Lavrov said.
Commenting on the Russia-Ukraine negotiations, the Russian foreign minister shared that even though the talks are difficult, there is some hope for a compromise.
At the same time, he stressed that this detail should be resolved even independently of the possible membership of Kiev in NATO, since even without this, Western countries can now supply strike weapons to Ukraine.
Earlier, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russia will immediately stop its military operation if Ukrainian authorities amend the constitution to abandon their ambition to enter “any bloc,” and recognize the Crimean referendum and independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR).
On 24 February, Russia began a military operation in Ukraine responding to calls for help from the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed that "demilitarisation and de-nazification" are among the key goals of the special operation. Moscow has repeatedly stressed that it has no plans to occupy Ukraine, insisting the armed forces only target the country's military infrastructure.
The United States and its allies, including Japan, responded by imposing comprehensive sanctions against Russia, while many foreign companies decided to leave the country's market.
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