Russia’s Lavrov warns US of ‘decapitation strike’ on Putin: report

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warns the US against carrying out a “decapitation strike” on President Vladimir Putin, calling it a “threat to physically eliminate the Russian head of state”.

Lavrov made the comments Tuesday in an interview with Russia’s state news agency TASS, allegedly citing an unconfirmed September report in which an anonymous Pentagon official said the US is considering such action if Russia ever launches a nuclear strike.

“Washington went the furthest. … Some ‘unnamed officials’ from the Pentagon actually threatened to deal a ‘decapitation blow’ to the Kremlin, but in reality it is a threat to physically eliminate the Russian head of state,” Lavrov said.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov delivers a speech during a meeting with the heads of diplomatic missions accredited to Russia in Moscow on April 14, 2022.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov delivers a speech during a meeting with the heads of diplomatic missions accredited to Russia in Moscow on April 14, 2022.
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“If such ideas are actually hatched by someone, that someone should think very carefully about the possible consequences of such plans,” he added.

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Speaking about the war in Ukraine, Lavrov also told TASS: “It is no longer a secret to anyone that the strategic goal of the United States and its NATO allies is ‘victory over Russia on the battlefield’ as a mechanism for significant Weakening of Russia is even destroying our country.”

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A view of a Russian tank captured by Ukrainian forces captured on 7. 8, 2022.

A view of a Russian tank captured by Ukrainian forces captured on 7. 8, 2022.
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“To achieve this goal, our opponents are willing to do too much. The main beneficiary of the ‘hot conflict’ is the United States, which seeks to maximize its benefits, both economically and strategically. he added.

“At the same time, Washington is also solving an important geopolitical task – breaking the traditional ties between Russia and Europe and further subjugating European satellites.”

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