Laura Keunssberg shows Russian ambassador Andrei Kelin clip
Russia’s ambassador to the UK threatened to walk out of an interview with the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg that she later branded “surreal” after becoming rattled by her tough questioning. Grilling Putin’s diplomat over war crimes committed by Russian troops in Ukraine, the BBC journalist referenced a United Nations report from March this year which accused Russian troops of wilful killings, rape and torture against the civilian population in the country.
Among the evidence she presented to the ambassador was the Mariupol theatre bombing, the attack on the train station in Kramatorsk, as well as the shopping mall in Kremenchuk – all of which resulted in many civilian deaths.
The BBC journalist also highlighted the recent destruction of a hospital in Dnipro during a Russian missile attack, which killed at least two people and injured more than 30.
Putin’s diplomat tried to avoid answering the question, choosing instead to blame Ukraine for the war.
However, Ms Kuenssberg persisted in her line of questioning and said: “It’s remarkable speaking to you this afternoon that you are happy to repeat claims that have been disproven, you are happy to deflect questions, mislead our audience about the truth.
“Maybe you are even lying to yourself about what’s going on. I just wonder – Russia has unleashed a terrible conflict that is hurting its own people as well as Ukrainians…”
The increasingly uncomfortable ambassador interrupted her and retorted: “I think I have told you if you will try to offend me once again we will just stop this interview.”
The BBC journalist insisted that she had no intention of causing offence, but simply wanted straight answers to her questions.
She said: “This is about truth and I want you to give us your final answer.
“How long before you stop denying the reality of what is going on and look for a way out so peace can come?”
But once again the ambassador gave a disingenuous answer, claiming all it would take would be for the West to stop supplying arms to Ukraine.
Laughing, he said: “You can stop it tomorrow if as the Minister of Defence of Germany has said the day before yesterday in parliament that if ‘we’ stop supplying weapons to Ukraine, it will be stopped the day after tomorrow. That’s it.”
Asked why he was laughing, Mr Kelin replied: “Of course, it’s not very funny.
“He (Germany’s Defence Minister) just said the truth.
“If supplies of weapons will be stopped, then it will be all finished the day after tomorrow. Please stop it.”
The ambassador warned it was a “big idealistic mistake” to think Ukraine could prevail in the war.
He pointed to the “enormous resources” that the Kremlin allegedly has at its disposal, and claimed Russia had as yet not started “to act very seriously”.
“Sooner or later this escalation might have a new dimension that we do not need and we do not want,” he said.
Bill Browder, a former major investor in Russia, poured scorn on the ambassador’s remarks and derided the performance of Putin’s army.
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He told Ms Kuenssberg: “Corruption inside Russia has hollowed out the military.
“The supposed strong force failed at every step, they lost hundreds of thousands of soldiers, they lost huge amounts of equipment.
“As he [the ambassador] said Ukraine is a small country compared to Russia and they are being decimated by this small country.
“It is difficult watching that interview because everything he said is a lie.
“It will be painful when [Ukraine] launch that spring offensive.”
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