Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on the NATO summit in Warsaw

Saturday, 16 July 2016 19:20

Russia is analysing the decisions of the NATO summit that was held in Warsaw, Poland on July 8−9.

An initial review of the summit shows that NATO continues to live in a military-political alternative reality. Acting contrary to the objective interests of maintaining peace and stability in Europe and the need to combine the capabilities of all responsible international parties against very real modern challenges, the alliance has focused its efforts on containing an illusory “threat from the East.”

The deep divide between the NATO policy of strengthening the [eastern] flank when the enormous terrorist threat is coming from the south is evidence of the bloc’s disregard for the critical need to serve and protect the security of the people in the NATO member states.

Exaggerated attempts are being made to demonise Russia in order to justify the military measures taken by the bloc and to draw public attention away from the destructive role of the bloc and some of its allies in provoking crises and fanning tensions around the world.

At the same time, the alliance refuses to see the negative long-term consequences and risks for the system of Euro-Atlantic security that are coming from Washington and Brussels’ persistent efforts to change the balance of forces, which include the accelerated implementation of US-NATO ballistic missile defence plans in Europe.

We expect the bloc to explain its policy in these areas at the Russia-NATO Council meeting of permanent representatives on July 13. Considering the bloc’s declarations of peaceful aspirations, we would like to hear what Brussels thinks about the recent initiative of our Finnish partners, the so-called Niinisto plan to improve aviation safety over the Baltic Sea.

Popular articles

05 September 2017

President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin’s news...

September 5, 2017 Vladimir Putin answered Russian journalists’ questions following his visit to China to take part in the BRICS Summit.Vladimir Putin...
05 October 2017

Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow,...

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov meets with university graduates joining the Ministry’s diplomatic service On October 9, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met...
13 October 2017

Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow,...

Meeting between Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and President of El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly Guillermo Gallegos On October 13, Foreign Minister...
Emergency phone number only for the citizens of Russia in emergency in India +91-81-3030-0551
Address:
Shantipath, Chanakyapuri,
New Delhi - 110021
Telephones:
(91-11) 2611-0640/41/42;
(91-11) 2687 38 02;
(91-11) 2687 37 99
E-mail:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.