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Russia says it is ready if the West wants to fight for Ukraine

If the West wants to fight for Ukraine on the battlefield, Russia is prepared for it, acting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday (13).

“It’s their right – if they want it to be on the battlefield, it will be on the battlefield,” Lavrov said, according to state news agency RIA.

Russia has intensified warnings about the dangers of a direct confrontation with NATO since French President Emmanuel Macron refused to rule out the possibility that Western troops could at some point be sent there.

The Kremlin said last week that sending NATO troops to Ukraine would have extremely dangerous potential. President Vladimir Putin declared that this could lead to World War III.

Lavrov, who served for two decades as foreign minister, was speaking at a parliamentary hearing about his reappointment to the post in a new government being formed after Putin began a new six-year term this month.

According to RIA, he also said that peace talks over Ukraine, which are expected to take place in Switzerland next month without Russia's participation, amount to an ultimatum to Moscow.

He likened the situation to “a reprimand for a student” whose fate was being decided by teachers while he was out of class, the outlet reported.

“You can’t talk like that to anyone, especially us,” Lavrov said. “The conference… boils down to reaffirming an ultimatum to Russia.”

Source: CNN Brasil

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