Newscast Media MOSCOW—Russia will be forced to respond correspondingly to any
actions undermining the interests of Russian citizens, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei
Lavrov said Wednesday.
“If we are attacked, we would certainly respond,” Lavrov said in an English-language
interview with the RT news channel.
“If our interests, our legitimate interests, the interests of Russians have been
attacked directly, like they were in South Ossetia for example, I don’t see any other
way but to respond in full accordance with international law. Russian citizens being
attacked is an attack against the Russian Federation,” the foreign minister said,
adding that Russia is not engaged in any military activity that does not fall under
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