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NATO rejects military contacts with Russia — Lavrov

NATO’s strategists again envision Russia’s alleged aggressive actions, the Russian Foreign Minister pointed

MOSCOW, June 24. /TASS/. NATO refuses to have military contacts with Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at the Moscow Conference on International Security on Thursday.

"NATO does not want to have contacts between the militaries at all," he said.

Lavrov drew attention to the recent NATO summit and noted that NATO’s consistent actions to contain Russia were leading to the escalation of military and political tensions in Europe. "The alliance has reaffirmed its inability to go beyond the reality it has invented," he said. "NATO’s strategists again envision Russia’s alleged aggressive actions. <…> For our part, we remain open to an honest and professional dialogue".

According to Russia’s top diplomat, Moscow’s constructive proposals to reduce the military threat along the entire line of contact between Russia and the alliance have remained on the table for almost two years. "Such a democratic alliance," Lavrov pointed out.