Russian foreign Ministry: deployment of NATO’s “Eastern flank” lead to an arms race


MOSCOW, may 26. /TASS/. The deployment of NATO’s “Eastern flank” lead to a dangerous arms race. This is stated in the statement of the foreign Ministry.

“The measures to strengthen the “Eastern flank” of NATO to increase its military presence and infrastructure in the border regions dilute the provisions of the Basic act primarily in respect of the obligations “to carry out its collective defence and other tasks by ensuring the necessary interoperability, integration and capacity, rather than by additional permanent placement of substantial combat forces””, – reads the statement.

Moscow is considering “attempts to bypass Fundamental principles of the act as dangerous and contrary to the genuine interests of the member States of NATO.”

“We see this as the desire of the Alliance to legitimize the military preparations near the borders of Russia, which together with the military activity of individual countries in the block are changing the balance of power in Europe and lead to a dangerous arms race”, – stressed the foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation.

Moscow urges NATO until it is too late to stop trying to build relations with Russia in the spirit of schemes and mechanisms in the era of confrontation. In depodesta stated that “at this stage of Russian-NATO relations are in the deepest since the end of the cold war crisis.”

“The state of relations between Russia and NATO as the biggest military and political factors largely determines the quality of European and international security, noted in Moscow. – The desire of the Alliance to prove its relevance by inflating the myth about the “threat from the East” prevents the pooling of efforts of States in combating common threats and challenges.”

“The growing negative tendencies are not a choice of Russia, – stressed in the Ministry. – This is a direct result of years of destructive line of the block, aimed at the achievement of the reckless military and political domination in European and world Affairs. And it is too late, you need to stop trying to build relations with our country in the spirit of schemes and mechanisms in the era of confrontation.”

Despite the complexity of the current moment, Russia is convinced that “if even in the period of bloc confrontation in the framework of the European process was able to reach a conclusive discussion of the existing problems, it is even more possible now, when the state of the Euro-Atlantic do not share any ideological differences.” “The main thing here is awareness of the realities, depoliticized understanding of current processes and the ability to look beyond the horizon today in the interests of not only “a select club of countries”, but without exception, all the peoples of Europe”, – reads the statement of the foreign Ministry.

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