Russia has outlined countermeasures to the North Atlantic Alliance that it will take if there is a threat to its security. This was announced on Wednesday, January 12, by the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Alexander Grushko at a press conference after the meeting of the RF-NATO Council.
“We have a whole range of legal military-technical measures that we will apply if we feel a real threat to security, and we already feel – if our territory is considered as an object aimed at strike weapons,” the diplomat said.
In addition, Grushko noted that “the task of containing Russia is at the forefront of NATO’s policy and military development.” According to him, “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 common European security on other principles.”
The head of the US delegation, Wendy Sherman, in turn, said that a number of Russia’s key security proposals are unacceptable. She added that the representatives of Washington at the meeting with the Russian delegation told Moscow that they were not going to close the doors of NATO. According to her, participating in the alliance is the choice of each participating state, and not a forced step.
The meeting of the Russia-NATO Council ended in Brussels on Wednesday. The meeting took place at the headquarters of the North Atlantic Alliance. Negotiations began at 10 am local time (12:00 Moscow time). The meeting lasted longer than planned – more than four hours.
The Russian interdepartmental delegation included representatives of the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. The alliance was chaired by Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. The meeting was also attended by representatives of 30 NATO member countries.
On December 17, the Russian Foreign Ministry published draft agreements between Russia and the United States and NATO on security guarantees. It follows from the documents that the alliance should refuse to conduct any military activity on the territory of Ukraine and other states of Eastern Europe, Transcaucasia and Central Asia. Also, Russia and NATO must commit themselves not to create conditions that could be regarded as a threat by the other side.