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NATO plans no actions over situation in Macedonia — Russian envoy

May 15, 2015, 18:06 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Russia’s NATO envoy reminded that the situation in the Balkans is to a large extent the result of the actions that NATO undertook bypassing international law in 1999 as well as in 1994 and 1995
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MOSCOW, May 15. /TASS/. NATO currently doesn’t plan any actions connected with the deterioration of the situation in Macedonia, Russia’s envoy to the alliance Alexander Grushko said.

"Today NATO is not planning any actions related to the aggravation of the situation in this country," the diplomat said."NATO’s Secretary-General has spoken highly of the actions by the national security forces."

"The situation in Macedonia is a tragedy, but let’s not forget that the situation in the Balkans, the way it is now, is to a large extent the result of the actions that NATO undertook bypassing international law in 1999 as well as in 1994 and 1995, when the bombing campaign in Bosnia began," Grushko noted.

He recalled that that the alliance’s expansion policy "led to utterly negative results for the European security." "Moreover, one may say that NATO’s "open door policy" viewed by many political analysts as the greatest blunder of the 20th century largely made it impossible to build a truly collective European security architecture and prevented us from realizing the opportunities that opened before the whole Euro-Atlantic, Eurasian community after we emerged from the Cold War," Grushko said.

"From the security standpoint, NATO’s expansion didn’t resolve a single problem," the diplomat noted. "On the contrary, it generates the mentality of front-line states, deepening the separating lines.".

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