Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will be in the U.S. today to meet with the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. He will also take the lead in Russia’s new chairmanship of the U.N. Security Council.
While it New York, Lavrov could meet with the Biden administration to discuss peace in Ukraine but no such invitation has been extended. In fact, the U.S. State Department denied entry visas to Russian journalists who wanted to cover the Foreign Minister’s trip. Lavrov did not take that well.
“A country that calls itself the strongest, smartest, free and fair country has chickened out and done something stupid by showing what its sworn assurances about protecting freedom of speech and access to information are really worth,” Lavrov said before leaving Moscow on Sunday. “Be sure that we will not forget and will not forgive.”
Meanwhile, Russian citizens in the Donetsk region came under heavy fire from Ukrainian forces. People in this region have been targeted by attacks from Ukrainian forces since 2014 but this weekend’s attacks were worse than normal. They targeted residential areas with no military targets anywhere nearby.