Russia's Foreign Minister gives a concise "reaction" to Kiev's Donbass blockade
Few were surprised when it was announced earlier today that Ukraine, at the urging of President Petro Poroshenko, will "officially" blockade the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics.
And it wasn't long after that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was accosted by reporters asking for a "reaction" from Moscow.
Lavrov took a minimalist — but extremely poetic — approach to his response:
Question: Can you comment on Kiev’s decision to blockade Donbass?
Sergey Lavrov: If this is the case, this decision contradicts the signals we have been receiving over the past few days from Prime Minister of Ukraine Vladimir Groisman and other high-ranking members of the Ukrainian authorities.
Question: How can Russia respond to Kiev’s blockade of Donbass?
Sergey Lavrov: I said everything I could when answering a question by the Rossiya-1 television channel, which was the first I’d heard of this.
Question: Will Russia react to this?
Sergey Lavrov: I have reacted, but then again, I only heard about it 10 minutes ago.
Question: Do you think that this decision contradicts the Minsk Agreements?
Sergey Lavrov: It contradicts common sense and human conscience.
Sergei just perfectly and concisely explained what ails Kiev — and only needed seven words to do it. Hemingway would be proud.
As for the new "official" status of the ongoing blockade: What did you expect? Ukraine will cease to exist in 60 days.
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