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    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov answered questions from listeners as well as Twitter in a question and answer session broadcast on three Russian radio stations.

    On Wednesday three Russian radio stations conducted a live interview with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. This was the first time that Sergei Lavrov held a radio Q&A session answering questions from people around the world.

    Lavrov talked about Ukraine, relations with the West, difficulties, prospects as well as personal questions.

    On Ukraine, Lavrov said that it must remain united as a country.

    Asked if he was disappointed with Obama, Lavrov said that he hoped things would go better.

    "I wouldn't want to get personal, but there was much hope, there was even a Nobel Peace Prize of course, but right after that there were many wars, wars that were absolutely illogical."

    When it came to enemies, Lavrov said that ISIL is currently Russia's number one enemy.

    On Western sanctions against Russia, Lavrov said that he does not see them as a concern.

    Asked if Russia seeks an alliance with Iran, Lavrov said that there is no need for one, but that Russia and Iran are partners in fighting terrorism.

    Margarita Simonyan asked if Lavrov really used the F-word addressing British former Foreign Secretary David Miliband in 2008.

    "I did tell Miliband "don't lecture me", but the F-word was a quote from a colleague of ours, who had returned from Tbilisi and called Saakashvili a 'f***ing lunatic.' That's the context the F-word was used in," Lavrov said.

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