Former Secretary of State John Kerry secretly approved of Russia’s 2014 Crimea invasion, according to a statement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Russian media Thursday. At the time, Kerry had publicly opposed the move and called for a repeat vote on the matter.
“You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pre-text,” Kerry said of Russian behavior in the region in 2014.
Lavrov made the comments to the RBK news service and they were summarized on RT.com. He said he hoped the revelation wouldn’t strain his relationship with Kerry but that Kerry had revealed some of their private conversations in his own memoir.
No second vote was ever held on the invasion, with the Kremlin reasoning that the people’s will was clear.
Kerry has not commented on Lavrov’s statements. Currently, the former Secretary is in Europe to commemmorate D-Day.
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