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Russian diplomatic mission: NATO's interpretation of relations with Russia simplified

May 13, 2015, 15:53 UTC+3 BRUSSELS
According to the mission, the crisis in Euro-Atlantic security was caused by the fact that NATO failed to fully adapt to real requirements of ensuring security
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BRUSSELS, May 13. /TASS/. NATO’s information services are imposing on the public their simplified "black and white" interpretation of history of uneasy relations between the Alliance and Russia, Russian diplomatic mission at NATO said on Wednesday in its report Russia-NATO: Myths and Facts.

"The Alliance’s materials, which are consistently updated, are aimed at convincing others that only NATO strengthened European security and stability. There was no room left for any critical assessment of the Alliance’s actions, hard lessons of military operations in the Balkans, in Afghanistan, Libya. But the main thing is that there are no proposals on the constructive agenda that would allow to overcome current dangerous tendencies in the developing military and political situation on the continent. Russian Federation’s efforts on strengthening security architecture in Euro-Atlantic are openly ignored," the document said.

"The crisis in Euro-Atlantic security was caused by the fact that NATO failed to fully adapt to real requirements of ensuring security. A genetic code remains that defined easiness and swiftness with which Brussels returned to reflexes of the Cold War," the Russian mission at NATO said.

"We have been persuaded for many years that if countries of Central and Eastern Europe join NATO, it will improve their relations with Moscow, rid them of phobias of ‘heavy historical heritage’ and create a ‘belt’ of Russia-friendly countries in NATO. The statements turned out to be a myth. Now, the importance of special protection is put at the center of these countries’ policies. NATO’s expansion aggravated the syndrome of ‘frontier countries’ and created prerequisites for a new ‘Iron Curtain’," the document said. "Elementary common sense is not taken into account. Growing military tensions on the borders with Russia do not meet these countries’ long-term interests, weakens instead of strengthening their security, increases the threat of descending into yet another arms race," it noted.

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