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Russian media say Poroshenko, Pence snub Lavrov's UNSC speech

The Russian delegation, but not Lavrov, was in the hall when Poroshenko was speaking.

Russian media say Poroshenko, Pence snub Lavrov's UNSC speech
Photo: Petro Poroshenko's Facebook

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and US Vice President Michael Pence left the UN Security Council meeting on peacekeeping shortly before Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov took the floor, the Russian news agency RIA Novosti has said.

"Pence and Poroshenko made their speeches, the Ukrainian president then left the hall. Pence went out several minutes later," the statement reads.

According to the agency, the Russian delegation was in the hall when Poroshenko was speaking, however Lavrov was absent.

In his speech, Lavrov suggested the EU and the OSCE can cooperate within the Russian initiative to deploy a UN mission to Donbas to protect the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission.

President Poroshenko called on the UN Security Council to send peacekeepers to Ukraine the sooner the better.