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Russia’s top diplomat warned the US Tuesday against ordering a so-called “decapitation strike” targeting President Vladimir Putin.
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov talked about the alleged assassination plan in a wide-ranging interview with the.
“Some ‘unnamed officials’ from the Pentagon essentially threatened to carry out a ‘decapitation strike’ against the Kremlin,” he said. “Basically, we are talking about a threat to physically eliminate the head of the Russian government.”
Lavrov cautioned: “if such ideas are, in fact, being considered by someone, that someone should very carefully think of the possible consequences of such plans.”
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Lavrov’s comments refer to a Pentagon officer speaking on condition of anonymity tellingthat the Department of Defense was considering assassinating Putin in the heart of the Kremlin in response to a potential nuclear strike by Russia. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov talked about a possible “decapitation strike” allegedly being planned by the US to assassinate President Putin.REUTERS
At the time, the Russian Embassy in Washington DC slammed the Pentagon official’s statement as “delusional” and “reckless.”
In his interview with Tass, Lavrov also accused the US and its NATO allies, which have sent tens of billions of dollars worth of military aid to Ukraine since the start of the war, of seeking to defeat Russia on the battlefield as a way of “significantly weakening or even destroying” the country.
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“The actions of the countries of the collective West and (Ukrainian President Volodymyr) Zelensky under their control confirm the global nature of the Ukrainian crisis,” Lavrov said.Lavrov was referring to a statement made by an unnamed Pentagon official who said that the Defense Department was considering eliminating Putin. SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images
The hawkish Putin crony reiterated that Russia and the US cannot maintain normal relations, blaming the administration of the President Biden.
“It is objectively impossible to maintain normal communication with the Biden administration, which declares the infliction of a strategic defeat on our country as a goal,” Lavrov said.
Putin has repeatedly floated the idea of peace talks in recent days, but his top diplomat made it clear that Moscow has several preconditions, including that Ukraine recognize Russia’s conquest of around a fifth of its territory.
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Lavrov warned that a strike targeting the Kremlin would be followed by “consequences.”Bloomberg via Getty Images
“Our proposals for the demilitarization and denazification of the territories controlled by the regime, the elimination of threats to Russia’s security emanating from there, including our new lands… are well known to the enemy,” Tass quoted Lavrov as saying. “All that is left is: fulfill them for your own good, or the issue will be decided The point is simple: [Fulfill] them for your own good. Otherwise, the Russian army will decide the issue.”
When asked how long the conflict in Ukraine, already in its 11th month, would last, Lavrov said it was entirely up to Kyiv and its Western allies.
“The ball is on the side of the (Ukrainian) regime and its backers in Washington,” Lavrov said. “They could at any moment stop their pointless resistance.”
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