RUSSIA: Lavrov: If we’re attacked, we’ll certainly respond…
Russia will retaliate if it is attacked and the interests of the Russian people are threatened, Sergey Lavrov told in an interview with RT’s Sophie Shevardnadze. Watch the full interview later today.
Russia Warns West “Remove Forces”; Begins Military Exercise On Ukraine Border
UPDATE: Dutch fighter jets were scrambled after Russian bombers approached Dutch airspace; the Russian planes turned away
With both sides appearing to have entirely un-de-escalated and the truce deal now a thing of the past (besides a few hundred Dow points), the Russians are speaking up today – and are not happy:
- RUSSIA IS EXTREMELY SURPRISED BY KIEV AND WASHINGTON’S “DISTORTED” INTERPRETATION OF AGREEMENT REACHED IN GENEVA LAST WEEK ON DE-ESCALATION OF UKRAINE CRISIS – FOREIGN MINISTRY
- RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY SAYS KIEV AND WASHINGTON “CLOSING THEIR EYES” TO PROVOCATIVE ACTIONS BY NATIONALIST FORCES IN UKRAINE
And, on the heels of Turchynov’s official restart of the so-called anti-terrorist operation,Russia is calling on Ukraine to pull back military from Ukraine’s southeast… andrattles its sabre by undertaking a military exercise on the border.
Russia is surprised by distorted interpretation of Geneva accord from govts of Ukraine, U.S., RIA Novosti reports, citing Russia’s Foreign Ministry.
*RUSSIA CALLS ON UKRAINE TO REMOVE MILITARY FROM SOUTHEAST: RIA
Russia says Ukraine, U.S. closing eyes to provocations by right-wing extremists: RIA
Russia still believes partners are serious about resolving crisis in Ukraine: RIA
and in addition
- RUSSIAN MILITARY CONDUCTS MILITARY EXERCISE IN ROSTOV REGION, BORDERING UKRAINE – DEFENCE MINISTRY OFFICIAL
All of this sets the scene for an important set of meetings next week…
RAF Jet Chases Russian Planes Away From UK
Two Russian planes are turned back as they approach Scotland, with jets from the Netherlands and Denmark also scrambled.