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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The main event of the third day of the 11th meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi was the closing session with President Vladimir Putin. The atmosphere was calm and open, despite the current political tensions and the Russia-West confrontation. The Russian president said that it corresponded to the spirit of the Valdai Club.