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Lavrov Says Russia Has No Desire To Continue Sanctions War

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (file photo)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Moscow has no desire to continue a war of sanctions with the West.

Speaking on September 28 in an interview with the St. Petersburg television broadcaster Channel 5, he said, "We're not interested in the current period remaining indefinitely."

He also said, "I don't think it [the situation] would persist for long but it will take some period of time.

The West started to impose sanctions on Russia in March 2014 over Moscow's intervention in Ukraine.

In retaliation, Russia has imposed a one-year ban on food and raw material imports from the countries that had imposed their sanctions against Moscow.

Based on reporting by Interfax