Comments and statements by Foreign Ministry Spokesman

1 November 201913:24

Comment by Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on the NATO Council’s visit to Ukraine

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We have read the statements following the visit made by the NATO Council to Ukraine on October 30-31, led by Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. NATO officials seem to be giving another package of groundless claims and accusations to Russia. They are trying to misinterpret the internal Ukrainian conflict and present it as a conflict with Russia. They seem to ignore the efforts being made within by the Contact Group, which plays a central role in determining ways to implement the Minsk Package of Measures through dialogue with the authorities in Donetsk and Lugansk.

NATO continues its destructive actions, working for exacerbation rather than for reconciliation; its moves contribute to increasing the tension, including through promises given to Ukrainians that “NATO will always be on the side of Ukraine.” NATO’s military support for Kiev obviously has a destabilising and provoking impact on Ukraine.

The purpose of the NATO officials’ visit is clear – to encourage Kiev’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations in the spirit of the 2008 NATO Bucharest Summit decisions. However, NATO cannot resolve the problems Ukraine is facing in the sphere of national reconciliation, eliminating corruption, or bringing peace to the east of the country. Quite the contrary, considering the historical experience of NATO expansion and its “humanitarian interventions,” calls for Kiev to rush into the arms of the Euro-Atlantic are provoking a split in the country, deepening the new dividing lines in Europe, and contributing to the growth of ethnic and other conflicts.

As for the impossibility of “doing business as usual” with our country, well, that would certainly remain impossible if NATO’s policies and military development continue to be guided by the Cold War logic of exaggerating the nonexistent “threat from the East” rather than the interests of pan-European security.

The key to resolving the modern security challenges is not in joining a select circle, but in the need to launch an inclusive dialogue with everyone. The NATO-centricity of Western approaches only complicates the already difficult situation on the European continent.




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