November 23, 2010 / 11:39 AM / 7 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.

South Koreans watch the news on television showing smoke rising from Yeonpyeong Island after it was hit by dozens of artillery shells fired by North Korea, at Seoul railway station November 23, 2010. REUTERS/Truth Leem

“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; Editing by Amie Ferris-Rotman

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