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We don’t want war, but Western countries want to defeat us: Russia’s FM

| Updated: May 13, 2022 19:20:51


Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attending a meeting with Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune in Algiers on Tuesday –Reuters photo Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attending a meeting with Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune in Algiers on Tuesday –Reuters photo

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that Moscow did not want war in Europe, but that Western countries were keen to see Russia defeated in its military campaign in Ukraine.

"If you are worried about the prospect of war in Europe - we do not want that at all," Lavrov said at a news conference in Muscat after talks with his Omani counterpart, reports Reuters.

"But I draw your attention to the fact that it is the West that is constantly and persistently saying that in this situation, it is necessary to defeat Russia. Draw your own conclusions." 

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