Russia says would retaliate if citizens' interests threatened - RT TV

MOSCOW, April 23 Wed Apr 23, 2014 5:29am EDT

MOSCOW, April 23 (Reuters) - Russia would retaliate if its citizens' interests were threatened and its territory came under attack, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying, adding the United States was behind events in Ukraine.

"If we are attacked, we would certainly respond," he told Russia Today (RT) television in an interview to be aired later on Wednesday, according to RT's website.

"If our interests, our legitimate interests, the interests of Russians have been attacked directly, like they were in South Ossetia for example, I do not see any other way but to respond in accordance with international law," he said, referring to a separatist territory in Georgia into which Moscow sent troops in August 2008.

"There is no reason not to believe that the Americans are running the show," RT quoted him as saying, referring to developments in Kiev. (Reporting by Nigel Stephenson; Editing by Lidia Kelly)

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observer48 wrote:
Russia has to be hit with the most crippling economic and political sanctions RIGHT NOW!

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