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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If attempts to drag Russia into a direct military conflict in Ukraine are successful, it would be a catastrophe for Russia comparable to the 1979-1989 Afghan war. There is no direct evidence that the US is trying to bring about a second Afghan war, but indirect evidence abounds.