Those who provoke Russia will regret it: Putin

Those who organize provocations against Russia will come to regret it as they have regretted little else, warned Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.

Addressing the Federal Assembly, Putin said "the meaning and content" of Russia's policy in the international arena is "to ensure peace and security for the well-being of our citizens, for the stable development of the country."

But he added pointedly: "Russia has its own interests, which we defend and will stand for within the framework of international law, as do other states of the world. And if someone refuses to understand this obvious thing, does not want to conduct dialogue, chooses a selfish and arrogant tone, Russia will always find a way to defend its position."