The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, on Wednesday, that his country wants to resolve the situation in Ukraine and end the war as soon as possible.

Lavrov added, in an exclusive interview with Government owned Russian news channel that protecting the lives of soldiers and civilians is a priority for Moscow.

Lavrov continued, “We’d like to settle the situation as soon as possible, and end this war that the West prepared and unleashed against us through Ukraine”.

Regarding talks with the West, Lavrov said that “Moscow has no desire to hold talks with the West,” especially since Western politicians “declared that security in Europe must be built against Russia”.

On the United States’ delivery of Patriot missile systems to Ukraine, Lavrov said that Russia had been informed through diplomatic channels that “Washington doesn’t intend to fight directly with Moscow”.

On Wednesday, Lavrov also expressed his conviction that Russia will achieve its goals in Ukraine with patience and obstinacy, especially the recognition of Moscow’s annexation of four Ukrainian regions.

Lavrov said, “I am convinced that with stubbornness, patience and determination we will defend our noble goals, those goals that are vital for our people and our country”.

He stressed that these goals will be achieved “with continued openness to a just dialogue and agreements to ensure equal and indivisible security in Europe”.

The Russian Foreign Minister reminded that the resumption of dialogue with Kyiv necessarily passes through Ukraine’s recognition of Russia’s annexation of four Ukrainian regions: Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporizhia and Kherson.

The Russian Foreign Minister stressed that “an integral part of these conditions to find a diplomatic solution is the affiliation of these four regions to the Russian Federation,” explaining that “Of course, Moscow must control the lands of these four regions that the Russian army hasn’t yet extended its full control over.

Lavrov stressed that these regions “must be liberated from the threat of Nazism from which their residents, who have suffered for many years,” recalling the arguments announced by the Kremlin to justify the “special military operation” in Ukraine, in which he emphasized the necessity of protecting the Russian-speaking population groups in Ukraine in Confronting supposed Nazis who seized power in Kyiv.

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