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'Regime change in Ukraine is out of reach for Russia'

‘Regime change in Ukraine is out of reach for Russia’

Sergey Lavrov

In Cairo, the Russian Foreign Minister spoke of his desire to help the Ukrainian people “liberate themselves from the regime completely hostile to the people and history.”

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Berlin Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said during a visit to Cairo at the weekend that the Kremlin aims to overthrow the government in Ukraine. Neither the senior diplomat nor the former governor Vladimir Putin has stated their plans for the neighboring country directly.

Lavrov spoke in Cairo of his desire to help the Ukrainian people “liberate themselves from a regime completely hostile to the people and history.” “But regime change is out of reach for Russia,” says political scientist Gerhard Mangot in a phone conversation with Tagesspiegel.

The university’s professor of international relations specializes in Eastern Europe and Russia. In “Russia lacks the military power to do so. This is not within the capabilities of the country, and the West knows that, too.”

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