Russia maintains its right for individual and collective self-defence, incase if Georgia fails to establish a security zone at the Russian-Georgianborder. President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin made thisstatement at a meeting with heads of law-enforcement department in Sochitoday. According to him, "if Georgian officials further ignore the 1373rdresolution of the US Security Council of September 28, 2001, and doesn'tput an and to rebel actions and attacks against the neighborhoods of Russiawe will enjoy our right to act in accordance with the article 51 of the UNcharter that says that each UN member country has an inalienable right forindividual and collective self-defence." .
Russia's Ambassador to Belarus, Mikhail Babich, said that Moscow would treat any military intervention in the affairs of Belarus as an attack on Russia