Russia threatens to protect “its own citizens” in Donbas

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Armed pro-Russian separatists in Donbas

This is not the first time the Russian side has announced that it expects provocations from Western countries and Ukraine.

Russia will not tolerate “provocations” by Ukraine and the West in the Donbass against Russian citizens, said the head of the Russian delegation at the talks in Vienna on military security and arms control Konstantin Gavrilov, informs RBC January 23.

“Everything was clearly clarified, and said, and warned. We will not tolerate when our citizens are attacked … It’s only dogs yapping. He bites the wolf, and that’s it,” the Russian diplomat said.

On the way to Transnistria. Russian passports for Donbass

According to him, Kiev and Western countries are trying to “cover up possible provocations” from Ukraine, accusing Russia of intending to invade. “As the chief of the General Staff said, Russia can respond to all provocations … and will not allow its citizens to be offended, let alone killed,” he said.

Earlier, the British Foreign Office said on the eve that Moscow is looking for ways to bring a loyal leader to power in Ukraine, and is also considering the possibility of invading and occupying the country. The White House said they were alarmed by this information. The media later reported that the American intelligence has the same data.

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