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Russia 'doesn't want war' with Ukraine: Senior diplomat

Published on Mar 3, 2014 3:28 PM
A military personnel member, believed to be a Russian serviceman, stands guard on a military vehicle outside the territory of a Ukrainian military unit in the village of Perevalnoye outside Simferopol on Mar 3, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia does not want war with Ukraine and parliament's approval for military intervention is aimed above all at showing the seriousness of the Kremlin's intentions, a senior Russian diplomat has said.

President Vladimir Putin on Saturday won approval from Russia's upper house for the sending of Russian troops to Ukraine, amid the standoff in Crimea following the ousting of president Viktor Yanukovych.

"Russia does not want war with Ukraine," Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said on the late night chat show on state television "Sunday Evening with Vladimir Solovyov".

"I am convinced that no one in Russia wants war with Ukraine," he added.

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