OREANDA-NEWS. Russia does not rule out that someone would like to provoke Kiev to war, but Moscow does not want it, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

"If it depends on the Russian Federation, there will be no war. But I do not rule out that some would like to provoke hostilities. And the Kiev regime does not control huge numbers of military personnel," Lavrov said in an interview with Sputnik, Ekho Moskvy radio stations, "Moscow Speaks" and radio "Komsomolskaya Pravda".

“A significant part of those stationed there (on the line of contact in Donbass) are former volunteer battalions, some current territorial defense battalions, people’s resistance units. enough MANPADS. It's just militaristic psychosis. And the fact that someone's nerves tremble there, like a fighter who shot five of his colleagues, I cannot rule out," the minister added.

Kiev and Western states have recently expressed concern about the alleged increase in "aggressive actions" by Russia near the borders of Ukraine. Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov said that Russia is moving troops within its territory and at its own discretion. According to him, this does not threaten anyone and should not worry anyone. As Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier, Russia does not create any pretexts for a conflict situation around Ukraine.