22 Oct. 2021 20:07 clock

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grushko has said that Moscow is well aware of the stationing of NATO weapons near the Russian borders. He described NATO’s attempts to turn the Black Sea into an arena of confrontation as a dangerous move.

The deployment of NATO weapons near the borders of the Russian Federation is well underway – and Moscow is well aware of this. This is what Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said on Friday:

“The process is ongoing. We know what’s going on.”

He added that NATO is currently trying to turn the Black Sea into an arena of confrontation, an extremely dangerous path that carries the risks of military incidents and escalations. Grushko explained:

“Now you have taken on the Black Sea region. We are seeing activity in Bulgaria and Romania. You have already turned the Baltic Sea into an arena of military rivalry.”

Grushko emphasized that in 2014 NATO had decided to end practical cooperation with Russia, and that military contacts were broken off as a result. He further noted:

“When NATO tells us that we need to improve mechanisms to prevent dangerous military incidents and we say that we are ready to discuss the maximum allowable separation between warships and aircraft, we will be prevented from including the military in the discussion to be included. “

Grushko stated that Russia is no longer ready for a political dialogue at this point in time, while the military remains able to negotiate.

He pointed out that some measures in relation to the Baltic Sea region have been developed thanks to a very depoliticized approach, thanks to the initiative of the Finnish President Sauli Niinistö, the participation of neutral Sweden, the participation of the Baltic states, by experts and by civilian military experts. Grushko also stressed that Russia is ready to go further on this matter, but NATO is against it.

On October 6, NATO announced that it had halved the number of Russian employees at its headquarters in Brussels to ten. The alliance justified the decision with allegedly malicious activities by Russia and the alleged intelligence work of the Russian mission.

On October 18, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced mirror-image measures by Russia, including the suspension of Russia’s permanent mission to NATO, the suspension of NATO’s military liaison mission in Moscow and the closure of the NATO information office in the Russian capital. The Russian Foreign Ministry made it clear that in future it would communicate with NATO via the Russian ambassador in Belgium if necessary.

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