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MOSCOW, April 20 /TASS/. Moscow still considers the Russia-NATO Council to be a useful channel for consultations on key security issues, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday after a Russia-NATO Council meeting held at the level of permanent representatives in Brussels on Wednesday for the first time in almost two years.
"The meeting discussed in detail the Ukraine crisis in the context of the need to implement the Minsk agreements fully and in phases; the situation in Afghanistan and regional terrorist threats and risks arising from the unprecedented buildup of NATO military activities and infrastructure in regions bordering on Russia," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
"The Russian side focused on the destructive nature of the alliance’s course towards military and political ‘deterrence’ of our country. We warned the bloc’s members that their decision to unilaterally suspend practical cooperation on terrorism and Afghanistan…may have negative consequences," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
"It was stressed that NATO had special responsibility for the ongoing deterioration of the situation in Afghanistan and the rapid spread of a terrorist threat from the territory of that state to the whole region," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
"Despite the alliance’s inability, which distinctly manifested itself, to go beyond its politicized internal bloc stances and well-known attempts by separate NATO members to discredit the format of the Russia-NATO Council, we continue considering it as a useful channel for consultations between Russia and NATO on key security issues," the ministry said adding the results of the Russia-NATO Council meeting would be carefully analyzed.
"We are going to strictly co-measure the future filling and intensity of our political dialogue with NATO with its readiness to maintain equal cooperation and take account of Russian national interests," the Russian Foreign Ministry went on to say.
"We wish if NATO could show a political will and demonstrate a truly responsible approach to establishing systemic interaction with our country," the ministry stressed.