Lavrov, in particular, stated: "We always warned that by pursuing a line on the endless expansion of NATO to the East (despite the fact that it is the right of every country to choose their form of security, whether bilateral or multilateral unions), you need to understand that if the military infrastructure will be closer to Russian borders, then naturally, we will take appropriate military-technical measures... nothing personal, pure business." (Quoted by TASS.)
"We kept saying that there was no intention to take any action to the detriment of Russian security, NATO no, " drew the attention of the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. — However, if there is no intent, and the infrastructure is right "on our doorstep", the build probably will not from intentions, but from what we see with our own eyes".
"When they say that Russia has become dangerous to operate in close proximity to NATO, I think it's just a dishonest attempt to put all "upside down", — noted Lavrov. — It turns out that, expanding more and more, the Alliance is denser close to our borders. The Alliance has already violated the founding act of 1997, which says that there should be permanent placement of substantial combat forces on the territory of new members".
Special attention in the interview Lavrov gave to the Baltic States: "We have our NATO colleagues asked why they want to take the Baltic States. We were told that they (the Baltic countries) has survived all sorts of phobias since the Soviet times and during the First world war, when it all began. The Alliance expressed its understanding that modern Russia (for the Baltic countries) does not pose any threat, but they have, they say, psychology is this: they will be in NATO and they will calm down, everything will be peaceful, constructive and will only help to develop good relations... They have taken in NATO, but no it's not calming, especially to our Lithuanian neighbors".
Now, according to Lavrov, "they are the most aggressive Russophobic-that makes NATO, using the principle of consensus, to follow a steady anti-Russian course". "And it has nothing to do with Russian-speaking population. For example, when was the independence of these countries, we had problems that we solved exclusively through diplomatic channels, for example, with Latvia and Estonia, where a huge proportion of the population has not received the rights of citizens, — said Lavrov. In Lithuania, citizenship was granted to all. Therefore, the Lithuanians we have no question at all was not." Moscow planned to cooperate closely considered the plans, including on transit to Kaliningrad, for the joint development of economic projects. But now, according to the foreign Minister of Russia, "Lithuania for some reason was the most Russophobic country in the Baltics".