MINSK Russia sees a 'colossal danger' of an escalation in fighting on the Korean peninsula after North Korea's artillery attacked a South Korean island on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
"It is necessary to immediately end all strikes. There is a colossal danger which must be avoided. Tensions in the region are growing," Lavrov told reporters during a visit to the Belarussian capital Minsk.
"Those who started this bear a huge responsibility," Lavrov said. "What is happening requires consultations."
The Russian foreign ministry said in a statement that Moscow viewed the events "with deep alarm."
(Reporting by Andrei Makhovsky; Writing by Conor Humphries)