KOZYREV RUSSIA WILL USE FORCE TO DEFEND NATIONALS:

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Evoking what some see as shades of Adolf Hitler's rhetoric regarding Germans living in Czechoslovakia before World War II,Russian Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrevhas caused an uproar in the former Soviet Union. In remarks Tuesday at a defense and foreign policy council meeting, Kozyrev said that Russia will use its armed might to defend Russian nationals abroad. The statement immediately drew the ire of many in Ukraine, the Baltic states and other former Soviet republics with large populations of ethnic Russians. The states were quick to interpret the remarks as an indication ofRussian imperialist aspirations, but Kozyrev on Thursday professed bewilderment at the fuss, saying "What are the army and navy for if they can't protect our citizens and our interests?"