‘We Don’t Want Wars’: Russia Sends Less Hawkish Message on Ukraine

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‘We Don’t Want Wars’: Russia Sends Less Hawkish Message on Ukraine

A Ukrainian Military Forces serviceman walks in the Donetsk region village
A Ukrainian Military Forces serviceman walks in the Donetsk region village of Peski, close to the front-line with Russia-backed separatists on Jan. 25, 2022. (ANATOLII STEPANOV/AFP via Getty Images)

Friday, 28 January 2022 07:21 AM

Russia on Friday sent its strongest signal so far that it is willing to engage with U.S. security proposals and reiterated that it does not want war over Ukraine.

“If it depends on Russia, then there will be no war. We don’t want wars. But we also won’t allow our interests to be rudely trampled, to be ignored,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Russian radio stations in an interview.

Russia has massed tens of thousands of troops near the Ukrainian border as it presses demands for a redrawing of post-Cold War security arrangements in Europe.

The United States and its allies have warned President…

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