Russia-NATO relations at essential stage, Moscow warns

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According to a prime official, the scenario is creating hazards for European safety

Ties between NATO and Russia have plummeted to an alarming low, the nation’s Defense Ministry has warned, within the wake of discussions between the US-led army bloc and Moscow over safety issues on the European continent.

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Speaking following a gathering between the 2 events in Brussels on Wednesday, Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin pressured that Russia is relying on a constructive dialogue of the proposed ensures.

“The Russian side has repeatedly proposed to the [bloc] to take measures to de-escalate the situation,” the division’s press service quoted him as saying, including that Moscow’s initiatives have been ignored.

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The ministry cited the official as warning that “Russia-NATO relations are at a critically low level.” He added that “this creates preconditions for incidents and conflicts, in addition to undermining the foundations of safety.”

Fomin’s remarks comply with a summit between NATO representatives and Russian diplomats. On Wednesday, the army bloc’s secretary normal, Jens Stoltenberg, instructed reporters that the 2 sides had a “frank and open discussion on a wide range of issues, of course focusing on tensions in and around Ukraine.”

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Stoltenberg disclosed that NATO is ready to schedule “a series of meetings on various topics, including restrictions on missile weapons in Europe” with Moscow.

He additionally stated that NATO is “in finding opportunities to develop civil and military channels of communication, as well as the possibility of re-establishing the work of our missions in Moscow and Brussels.”

The veteran official made it clear, nevertheless, that the group wouldn’t again down and compromise on what it considers to be its elementary rules so as to appease Russia.

Moscow has requested written ensures that Kiev is not going to be admitted to the bloc. However, Stoltenberg insisted that “only Ukraine and 30 allies can decide when Ukraine becomes a member … Russia does not have a veto.”

Last month, Moscow despatched two draft treaties – one addressed to Washington and the opposite to NATO – which included different requests regarding the motion of army personnel and {hardware}, in addition to calls to withstand additional enlargement of the group.

Relations between NATO and the world’s largest nation have been more and more strained in latest months. In November, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated previous dialogue between the 2 events had proved fruitless, and that the army bloc was extra excited by “whipping up propaganda and putting pressure on Russia” in the case of Ukraine.

In October, Moscow introduced it might droop all direct bilateral ties with the bloc and shutter its workplaces within the capital metropolis. The move got here as a response to NATO’s expulsion of eight Russian diplomats from its Brussels headquarters, believed to be over claims of involvement in undisclosed ‘espionage’, which Russia rejects.

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