Press Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that NATO “is hardly a modern structure.” In his words, quoted by “RIA Novosti”, the whole NATO system is a “relic” of the past.
“NATO is really a relic, we also agree with this… It is an organization, a system whose aim is confrontation,” — said Peskov.
Press Secretary of the President also stressed that NATO can hardly be called “structure that meets the ideas of stability, sustainable development and security”. Peskov said Russia has long talked about his views on this organization.
Earlier in an interview with British newspaper the Times the US President-elect Donald trump said that NATO is “outdated” organization.
“She deprecated, as not paying attention to the issue of terrorism,” said trump. He also noted that many countries-members of NATO “do not pay” what they “have to pay”. Only five countries out of the Alliance doing it. According to trump, “it’s a bit”. In this regard, the US President-elect has threatened to reconsider the views for this organization.
During the election campaign, Donald trump has repeatedly criticized U.S. allies in NATO. He said that they do not fulfill their financial obligations. “We protect them, provide military support and so forth, and they robbed the United States. And what are we doing? Nothing,” said trump in April testimony before the voters in Wisconsin. He noted that the countries-members of NATO should pay all that “underpaid before.” Otherwise “let them go”, said the President-elect. According to him, if NATO “collapse”, then “let it fall apart.”
January 4, the Director of the European cooperation Department of Russian foreign Ministry Andrey Kelin said that the Russian foreign Ministry does not consider NATO “anachronism” and advocated the resumption of “normal” relations with the Alliance. According to him, “there are a lot of reasons”, both political and economic considerations, in which States, particularly small ones, prefer to be in the Alliance.