Russia will take measures against NATO’s decisions — deputy FM

MOSCOW, — Moscow will take actions against NATO’s decisions, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said.

“Now, there is no balance of forces as it used to be before the beginning of all these NATO preparations,” he said in an interview with the Rossiya-24 television channel, commenting on the results of the recent NATO summit in Warsaw.

“NATO is to be counterbalanced, certain counterbalancing steps are needed,” he said, according to Russia’s news agency Tass.

The decision of NATO summit in Warsaw to deploy four NATO battalions in the territories of the Baltic States will push Russia to take measures so as to defend its security.

He noted that Russia works on keeping the balance in areas on borders in light of these developments.

Grushko stressed that the NATO’s decisions violate the Russia-NATO Founding Act.

He called on the Western countries to recognize that considering Russia as an opponent will cause a “dilemma in the relationship between the two sides”, warning that NATO is seeking a new Cold War.

The Russian diplomat denied any possibility of returning to negotiations on reducing strategic offensive weapons, saying the talks with Washington in this regard have concluded inconclusively.

He indicated that many factors should be taken into consideration for the sake of Russia’s security in order to renegotiate in this respect.

He believed that normalizing ties with Ankara has satisfied some NATO circles as the Western alliance found itself in a difficult situation as a result of Turkey’s confrontation with Russia.

Moscow and Ankara have recently agreed to overcome the crisis took place when Turkey shot down a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 near the Syrian border last November.

Source: Kuwait News Agency