MOSCOW, April 07. /ITAR-TASS/. Those who want to return to Cold War times and attain tighter consolidation of the NATO states over Article 5 of the Treaty of Washington are taking upper hand in the alliance. Article 5 of the Treaty of Washington is the basis for NATO fundamental principle of collective defense.
“This is a major misconception. Lessons of Kosovo, Iraq and Libya will not be forgotten.”Recently it was reported that NATO representatives do not rule out that additional military forces, particularly a 4,500-strong brigade from the US military base Fort Hood, may be deployed in Eastern European countries. Alexander Grushko believes that this “would definitely ruin the system of commitments for military deterrence that are fixed in the Russia-NATO basic act. Certainly, if these steps are taken, they will require from us tougher security measures.”
Commenting on the newspaper’s question on suspension of NATO cooperation with Russia on the scope of already launched projects, particularly Afghanistan, the Russian permanent representative noted: “After the functioning of dialogue mechanisms in the Russia-NATO Council were suspended, we did not discuss cooperation on Afghanistan. We will decide ourselves how to assist to the Afghans in bilateral ties and in cooperation with other international organizations and partners.”