MOSCOW, September 10. /TASS/. No one in Russia wants a war with Ukraine, and that would only be able to happen if Kiev sparked a provocation for it, Chairman of the Russian State Duma Committee for CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots Leonid Kalashnikov told TASS on Friday.
"A full-fledged war can only be unleashed if they (the Ukrainian authorities — TASS) pull off some kind of provocation, like [Mikhail] Saakashvili did in Georgia at one time," he said, commenting on remarks by Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky.
According to Kalashnikov, no one in Russia is going to "do that, [no one] is going to fight the Ukrainians." "This is our fraternal people, no one wants a war against the people because of the authorities. Not a single Russian wants to fight the Ukrainians," he concluded.
Zelensky earlier said at the YES Brainstorming forum, replying to a question from the moderator, that he did not rule out a full-fledged war with Russia. He noted though that it would be a mistake, "the biggest mistake by the Russian Federation."