The tensions around Ukraine have been escalating over the past several weeks, as the US and Great Britain have repeatedly accused Russia of planning “an invasion” and wanting to install a puppet government in Kiev.
Russian Permanent Representative to the EU Vladimir Chizhov stated on Tuesday that his country won’t be taking any action against Ukraine unless Kiev provokes a response.
“If Ukraine carries out an attack against Russia – don’t be surprised that we respond”, he told The Guardian.
He also stressed that Moscow won’t allow the “blatant killing of Russian citizens anywhere – including in Donbass”. According to the diplomat, the number of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border (which is often cited as a sign of Russia’s “military buildup”) equals the number of servicemen engaged in the recent West-2021 drills, which caused no major concerns.