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NATO summit shows Russia needs to meet special operation’s goals — diplomat

"Also, we should boost integration within unions and allied organizations where Russia is a member," Alexander Grushko noted

MOSCOW, July 14. /TASS/. Analysis of the latest NATO summit’s results leads to a conclusion that Russia needs to fulfill the goals of its special operation in Ukraine, strengthen its armed forces and develop ties with allies, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko has told Russia’s Channel One.

"I can briefly outline the conclusions that we had drawn with regards to the outcomes of the NATO summit. Firstly, the objectives of the special military operations must be fulfilled. Secondly, the Army, the Navy and the Aerospace Forces should be strengthened," the deputy minister told the Big Game TV show late on Thursday.

"Also, we should boost integration within unions and allied organizations where Russia is a member. And we need to further strengthen relations with the global majority, with all those who are not willing to succumb to domination and are ready to cooperate with Russia on the basis of national interests," the diplomat added.

In his words, a multipolar world has already become a reality.

"No matter what NATO does, it will fail. There is no way to reverse this process," Grushko added.

NATO held its summit in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius on July 11-12. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at the meeting that the bloc’s member states had taken three steps towards Ukraine, making a decision not to demand Ukraine implement its NATO Membership Action Plan, adopting a multi-year program of military assistance to Kiev and approving the establishment of a NATO-Ukraine Council. However, the final statement read out by Stoltenberg said that Ukraine would receive an invitation to join NATO once allies reached a consensus and all the conditions were met. Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky at a press conference expressed dissatisfaction with the decision, saying that the summit’s outcome was not ideal for Kiev as it had failed to get an invitation to join NATO.