Thursday, 8 December, 2022

Russia must stop Ukraine acquiring nuclear weapons - Russian foreign minister

File - BBC

Mar. 1: Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, has told the UN Conference on Disarmament in Switzerland that it is time for US nuclear weapons in Europe to go home.

Lavrov was expected to appear in person in Geneva but travel bans prevented that - so in a pre-recorded message he said Russia was ready to talk about strategic stability with the US, but he warned that the West must not build military facilities in countries of the former Soviet Union.

He also appeared to offer a new justification of Russia's invasion in Ukraine – to prevent Ukraine from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Led by Ukraine, many ambassadors, including those of the UK, Germany, Australia, Canada, the US, and the EU, walked out as Lavrov began to speak.

The Russian foreign minister is also due to speak again – once more by video link and probably pre-recorded – to the UN human rights council shortly.