By Jonny Tickle, in Sochi
If NATO sincerely needs to enhance its relationship with Russia, the US-led bloc should make the primary move, as a result of all of Moscow’s makes an attempt at communication have been ignored, and the fault lies completely with these in Brussels.
That’s based on Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who advised the press on the annual assembly of the Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi on Tuesday that Moscow is to not blame for the ever-worsening relationship between Russia and the navy bloc.
“We didn’t start the deterioration of relations, either with NATO, or with the European Union, or with any country in the West or any other region of the world,” Lavrov advised journalists. It was NATO that had buried the concept of consultations with Russia, he mentioned.
“As for NATO, I have already said how it all began,” he continued. “NATO members ‘buried’ the main reason for the creation of the Russia-NATO Council, which was to consult each other urgently in crisis situations.”
“There have not even been any information exchanges with the North Atlantic Alliance’s headquarters for a long time,” Lavrov continued, accusing the bloc of “ignoring” Russia “for years,” and criticizing the US-led alliance for its “wall of silence.”
On Monday, Lavrov revealed that Moscow would completely droop the operations of its illustration to NATO, and likewise introduced that the NATO data bureau within the Russian capital can be shut down, in response to the bloc’s move earlier this month to expel eight Russians over espionage accusations, and what it known as “suspected malign Russian activities.” Lavrov described the choice of Moscow to take away its envoys from NATO as a “retaliatory step.”
The overseas minister’s feedback observe an announcement made earlier within the day by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, who mentioned communication between the 2 events wouldn’t endure, as a result of there hadn’t been any.
“If necessary, as our foreign minister has already explained, our ambassador in Brussels will be able to answer all relevant questions,” Peskov famous.
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