Russia and NATO do not have a unifying positive agenda. This was stated by the head of the Russian delegation, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Alexander Grushko, summing up the results of the last meeting of the Russia-NATO Council.
“As a result of NATO’s decision, all practical cooperation between us and the alliance in the zones of common interests was suspended. Today we do not have a unifying positive agenda, we don’t at all,” the diplomat said.
He drew attention to the fact that the task of containing Russia is at the forefront of NATO’s policy and military development. The United States and its allies are trying to achieve superiority in all operating environments: on land, in the air, at sea, in space and in cyberspace. “Colossal resources are allocated for this, it is not concealed that this is the main purpose of the alliance, and this very fact has a destructive effect on attempts to build common European security on different principles,” Grushko stressed. The lowering of the ceiling for the use of nuclear weapons is of particular concern.
According to him, Moscow has directly pointed out the unacceptability of such a policy. This was done “honestly, directly, without trying to get around corners, using any politically correct formulas.” A further slide of the situation could lead to the most unpredictable and most dire consequences for European security, Grushko said. In his opinion, the guarantees offered by Moscow will improve the security not only of Russia, but also of the NATO countries.
According to the diplomat, “the principle of the indivisibility of security should take into account the interests of all.” “Attempts to build security against Russia without Russia’s participation are counterproductive and doomed to failure,” Grushko said. “If NATO countries really want to cooperate with us, they should take into account the role of the Russian Federation as a country that guarantees peace in the vast Euro-Atlantic space, which makes an absolutely critical contribution to maintaining peace and stability in this region,” the diplomat added.
According to him, the meeting held today “was devoted to the analysis of all factors that affect the degradation of European security, which we have observed in recent years.” “The conversation turned out to be quite frank, direct, deep, intense, but at the same time it revealed a large number of differences on fundamental issues,” the deputy foreign minister said.
One of the factors that negatively affects security in Europe is the process of the alliance’s expansion. “In 1997, only one country knocked on the door of NATO, which has a common border with the Russian Federation, this is Poland. Today many states have joined NATO, and their territories are obviously used to project force in the direction of Russia from various geographic directions and into strategic depth. “, – said Grushko. The deputy minister assured that Russia will resist these threats.
“The measures that we are proposing today, in the form as they are fixed in the draft agreement, they make it possible to radically turn the situation around,” the diplomat said.