Russia says Western weapons in Ukraine are legitimate targets for Russian military

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a news conference after his talks with Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif al-Zayani in Moscow, Russia April 7, 2022. Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

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April 26 (Reuters) – Western arms supplies to Ukraine mean NATO is “in essence engaged in a war with Russia” and Moscow sees these weapons as legitimate targets, the Russian business minister said Foreigners Sergei Lavrov in an interview broadcast on Monday.

“These weapons will be a legitimate target for the Russian military acting as part of the special operation,” Lavrov told state television in an interview published on the Foreign Ministry’s website.

“Storage facilities in western Ukraine have been targeted more than once (by Russian forces). How can it be otherwise?” said Lavror. “NATO, in essence, is engaged in a war with Russia through a proxy and is arming that proxy. War means war.”

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Reporting by Lidia Kelly in Melbourne and Ronald Popeski in Winnipeg; Editing by Leslie Adler

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