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Moscow says NATO statements on eastern threat is detached from reality — foreign ministry

May 16, 18:18 UTC+3
The Russian Foreign Ministry has commented on statements by the chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Petr Pavel, about a threat from the East
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MOSCOW, May 16./TASS/. Statements by the chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Petr Pavel, about the Eastern threat "are fully detached from reality and are beyond ethics," the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

"We paid attention to going beyond ethics inventions of NATO’s chief military about alleged threats from the East for exclusively peaceful and defensive North Atlantic Alliance," it said, mentioning, in particular, the general’s saying that in fight with the West Russia was using hybrid tactics, including tortures and lies, and could deliver a strike on the territory of the Alliance in the Baltic states, as well as his speculations about the possibility of deploying seven divisions in Poland and Baltic states to avoid a defeat in that region.

"Earlier, Mr. Pavel’s statements were just a set of clich·s, conditioned solely by dangerous in their open confrontational manner intra-bloc directives, but now the leadership of the NATO Military Committee seems to have fully lost the sense of reality and understanding of the cause-and-effect linkage of the processes underway in the sphere of European security," it said.

The ministry pointed that it was NATO that was engaged in unprecedented buildup of its military activity and infrastructure near the Russian borders, dubbing statements about Eastern threats ‘uttermost cynicism" against the background of such activity.

"In conditions of NATO’s obvious inability to make substantial contribution to fight against such real challenges of the modern time as terrorism, only whipping up of anti-Russian campaign enables the Alliance to have bigger spending of its member countries and thus ‘stay afloat’," the Foreign Ministry noted.

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