MOSCOW, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- Russia will strengthen its defense capabilities to ensure its security, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday.
Fostering Russia's defense potential in a volatile world "is not a question of status but a vital necessity," as it is the only way to guarantee its national security, Lavrov said at a meeting of the Foreign and Defense Policy Council.
The growing confrontational sentiment around the Euro-Atlantic region would lead to a deadlock which was not of Russia's choice, Lavrov said, adding Moscow is concerned with the accumulating elements of tensions and higher intensity of international conflicts.
Meanwhile, Russia is clear about the consequences of external military intervention in domestic affairs of other countries bypassing the UN Security Council, Lavrov said.
The imposition of one's own political and socioeconomic system on other countries could cause opposite response and reinforce extremist forces, Lavrov warned.