Medvedev: Russia does not want confrontation neither with Turkey nor with the Baltic States

Medvedev: Russia does not want confrontation neither with Turkey nor with the Baltic States

MOSCOW, February 15. Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev considers that the authorities of the Baltic countries are experiencing “phantom pain” and use anti-Russian rhetoric for political purposes, intimidating its citizens allegedly aggressive plans of the Russian Federation.

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“We would not want any confrontations! We don’t need. Neither in Baltic, nor in Turkey, nor anywhere else”, – assured the head of the Russian Cabinet in an interview with Time magazine.

Medvedev noted that, in this respect, if the problem is, they are “in relation to the conduct of individual member countries of the Alliance”. “If some colleagues from the Baltic States constant phantom pains, and they dream of the Soviet Union, grippers, some rebellions… This, by the way, for the Baltic States the way you manage,” – said the Chairman of the Russian government. He described this “simple method”: “Russian Scare that revived the Soviet Union, but if you don’t want that, you should vote for our party”. “A normal political appointment, although he’s pretty bad in its consequences” – said Medvedev.

The Prime Minister said that Russia “needs to develop”. “We have a lot of problems in the economy, where we need to go to direct energy and money, although, of course, it is important to have a strong army, Navy. Therefore, we no confrontation never needed,” he explained.

The Prime Minister stressed that “nowhere have I said that began a new cold war”. “But I was saying (in his speech at the Munich security conference on Saturday) that the decisions of NATO are pushing for the emergence of a new cold war. I told it and I am ready to confirm again,” assured the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.

He recalled the speech at the Munich conference of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who said that “Russia need to limit contingents to increase, to defend on all borders, all boundaries”. “But if it’s not preparing for the cold war, then what? Here’s the reality,” concluded Medvedev.