Russia is committed to avoiding nuclear war, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, after he was quizzed repeatedly about the possible use of atomic weapons in Ukraine.

Lavrov made the comments in an interview Tuesday with India Today TV in which he avoided a direct answer on the subject. He isn’t responsible for military decision-making. In the weeks leading up to Russia’s invasion, the foreign minister regularly denied the Kremlin planned a military operation against Ukraine.

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