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    Moscow hopes that the German government will weigh all pros and cons before adding Russia to the list of its "rivals," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Sputnik on Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – On Sunday, German media reported that the country's new White Paper on security policy, the 80-paper document in the final stage of preparation, would include Russia in the list of 10 major threats for the country and views Russia as a rival, but not the partner.

    "I hope that the coalition government weighs all pros and cons, and mainly weighs all the facts that in no way could be interpreted as Russia preparing aggression against the European Union and NATO," Lavrov said.

    The Russian minister added that Russia did not want to "divide the world into friends and enemies."

    "We stand for cooperation with all of those who are ready for it, based on equality, on mutual respect and mutual benefit, based on compromise," Lavrov said.

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