General Yury Baluyevsky said: "We are following NATO attempts to involve CIS states in the bloc's activity and weaken relations with Russia."
The general said that Russia would defend its interests, even if this did not mean using force.
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Vladimir Putin Meets with Members of the Valdai International Discussion Club. Transcript of the Final Plenary Session
Vladimir Putin took part in the final plenary session of the Valdai International Discussion Club’s 11th meeting. The plenary session summed up the club’s work over the previous three days, which concentrated on analysing the factors eroding the current system of institutions and norms of international law.