Lavrov: Russia has no interest in a large-scale war

Written by Henrik Rothen

Sep.27 - 2023 8:27 AM CET

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'Russia has no interest in a large-scale war'

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A few days ago, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke at the UN General Assembly in New York, asserting that Russia has no interest in a large-scale war. "It's entirely up to us how history will unfold.

It's in our mutual interest to prevent a downward spiral into a large-scale war and the ultimate collapse of mechanisms for international cooperation," Lavrov said on Saturday. Notably, he did not mention the ongoing war in Ukraine during his speech.

Russia has deemed proposals by UN Secretary-General António Guterres to revive the terminated agreement on the export of Ukrainian grain as "not realistic." "We don't reject them; they are simply not realistic," Lavrov elaborated.

He emphasized that Russia could not export its grain and fertilizers as initially agreed upon, despite the now-suspended deal.

Zelensky makes stops in Poland and Ireland

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who spoke earlier in the week at the UN General Assembly and subsequently visited Canada, made stops in Ireland and Poland on his way home. In Lublin, Poland, he thanked the population for their support against the Russian invasion. "I believe that all challenges on our common path are nothing compared to the strength that exists between our peoples," Zelensky said in a video on his Telegram channel.

Recently, tensions have escalated between Kiev and Warsaw over Poland's import ban on Ukrainian grain, affecting military cooperation between the allies. Poland plans to limit its arms supplies to Ukraine to already concluded contracts.

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