November 23, 2010 / 11:13 AM / 9 years ago

Russia sees "colossal danger" of Korea escalation

MINSK (Reuters) - 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

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