Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that NATO is amassing a significant amount of military equipment on Russia’s border.
Speaking at the press conference with his Brazilian counterpart, Lavrov also noted that Moscow cannot rule out the possibility of Kiev undertaking some kind of “military venture,” which would pose a threat to Russia.
“President Putin spoke about this on 18 November… he stressed that we do not need conflicts but if the West cannot hold Ukraine back, but, on the contrary, encourages it, of course, we will take all the necessary steps to ensure our security,” Lavrov said.
He added that for a while “the West has been provoking Ukraine – and not only Ukraine” – to take “anti-Russian actions.”
The Russian Foreign Minister also expressed hope that Kiev will “not follow the path of Mikhail Saakashvili in August 2008.”