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Crowd Laughs At Lavrov Over Claim Ukraine War ‘Was Launched Against Us’

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MARCH 18: (RUSSIA OUT) Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a concert marking the anniversary of the annexation of Crimea, on March 18, 2022 in Moscow, Russia. Thousands people gathered at Luznkiki Stadium to support President Putin, the annexation of Crimea and the conflict in Ukraine. (Photo by Getty Images)
  • Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s top diplomat and a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, at a conference in India Thursday said that the war in Ukraine “was launched against us,” prompting the crowd to erupt in laughter.
  • Lavrov was a speaker at India’s G20 Summit in New Delhi, leading a session that was part of a “Raisina Dialogue 2023” series. He was in discussion with Sunjoy Joshi, Chairman of the Observer Research Foundation in India, and took questions from the audience.
  • One audience member asked Lavrov: “How the war has affected Russia’s strategy on energy, and will it mark a privilege toward Asia? And if it does, how is India going to feature in it?”
  • “You know, the war, which we are trying to stop, which was launched against us, using the…” Lavrov began, before being cut off by loud laughter from the crowd.
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