He said this at a meeting of the UN Security Council.

"Against the background of NATO's openly declared desire to inflict a strategic defeat on Russia, it is obvious that such actions require us to take all the necessary retaliatory steps, including in the military sphere, to ensure the security of the Union State of Russia and Belarus," TASS quoted him as saying.

According to him, it is in this direction that the measures announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin, which so frightened the Kiev regime and its Western sponsors, are going in this direction.

Earlier, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia Dmitry Medvedev said that NATO peacekeepers, if they decide to send them to Ukraine without Moscow's consent, will be a legitimate target of Russia.