Grushko summed up the meeting of the Russia-NATO Council


Russia and NATO do not have a unifying positive agenda. This was stated by the head of the Russian delegation, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs 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 areas of common interest has been suspended. Today we do not have a unifying positive agenda, not at all,” the diplomat said.

He drew attention to the fact that the task of containing Russia is put at the forefront of NATO policy and military development. The US and its allies are trying to achieve superiority in all operational environments: on land, in the air, at sea, in space and in cyberspace. “Colossal resources are allocated for this, it is not hidden that this is the main purpose of the alliance, and this very fact has a destructive effect on attempts to build pan-European security on other principles,” Grushko stressed. Of particular concern is the lowering of the ceiling for the use of nuclear weapons.

According to him, Moscow directly pointed out the unacceptability of such a policy. It was done “honestly, directly, without trying to get around the corners, using some kind of politically correct formulas.” A further slide in the situation could lead to the most unpredictable and most difficult consequences for European security, Grushko noted. In his opinion, the guarantees offered by Moscow will improve the security not only of Russia, but also of the NATO countries.

As the diplomat stated, “the principle of the indivisibility of security must take into account the interests of all.” “Attempts to build security against Russia without Russia’s participation are counterproductive, doomed to failure,” Grushko said. “If NATO countries really want to cooperate with us, they must 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, today’s meeting “was devoted to the analysis of all the factors that influence the degradation of European security, which we have seen in recent years.” “The conversation turned out to be quite frank, direct, deep, rich, 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 expanding the alliance. “In 1997, only one country, which has a common border with the Russian Federation, was knocking on the door of NATO, 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 geographical directions and to strategic depths “Grushko pointed out. The Deputy Minister assured that Russia would counter 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.