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9 June 201917:00

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s answer to a media question (St Petersburg, June 7, 2019) for the “Moscow, Kremlin, Putin” television programme, June 9, 2019

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Question: During a plenary session of the St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), President Vladimir Putin mentioned a saying about a smart monkey that sits back and watches tigers fight in the valley. But in fact the monkey is also involved in the fight. Who will win?

Sergey Lavrov: Friendship will win, as all the participants of the plenary session said in their closing remarks. If not friendship, it will be mutual respect based on a consensus and a balance of interests.

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