The head of the Russian State Duma, Vyacheslav Volodin, said that Moscow does not want war, but is ready to defend its citizens in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.
“Zelensky (President of Ukraine) is provoking the start of a major war, and it is unlikely that he would take such steps that would lead to a war in Central Europe without foreign support,” Volodin said on his Telegram channel.
Volodin stressed that Washington’s accusations against Russia were “a deliberate provocation to mislead the international community” and added that if war broke out, Europe would become a battleground.
The US and Western countries accuse Russia of preparing a military attack on Ukraine, while Moscow sees the accusations as a pretext to increase its military presence on the borders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
Russia has repeatedly emphasized that it does not intend to launch any operation against Ukraine, stressing that all the news about this are baseless and that the purpose of these allegations is to escalate tensions in the region and inflame anti-Russian rhetoric. As the justification for new economic sanctions on NATO and NATO’s eastward expansion, Moscow strongly opposes this and says it threatens Russia’s national security.
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