Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that the occupying country will help the people of Ukraine to get rid of an “anti-people and anti-historical regime”.
Source: Lavrov said this at a meeting with the ambassadors of the member countries of the League of Arab States in Cairo, quoted by Meduza
Quote from Lavrov: “We feel sorry for the Ukrainian people, who deserve far better. We feel sorry for Ukrainian history, which is collapsing before our eyes, and we feel sorry for those who have succumbed to the state propaganda of the Kyiv regime which aims to make Ukraine an eternal enemy of Russia.
The Russian and Ukrainian people will continue to live together. We will definitely help the Ukrainian people to get rid of a regime that is completely anti-people and anti-historical.”
Why it matters: Since its invasion in 2014, Russia has considered every government in Ukraine to be “anti-people”, whether Poroshenko’s presidency or Zelenskyy’s.
The Kremlin tells its own people that it was not that the Ukrainians elected both presidents, but that the people are supposedly suffering under the “Kyiv regimes”.
Opinion polls indicated that as of early March, 93% of Ukrainians supported Zelenskyy’s actions.
Reminder: Lavrov said in Cairo that Moscow was prepared to negotiate with Kyiv on “a wider range of issues”, but complained that the resumption of the negotiation process does not depend on the Russian side.