Placing NATO forces on territories bordering Russia to violate Alliance's obligations - Lavrov
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov believes Eastern European countries are provoking anti-Russian tendencies in NATO. "It looks like panic, which some Eastern European countries, which did not stop talking about imagined threats from Russia after entering NATO, are trying to artificially fan," Lavrov told Interfax on Thursday, commenting on the statements made by NATO military officials calling for the reinforcement of military forces in Europe due to "the Russian threat."
The minister said NATO officials once convinced Russia that the Eastern European countries would "calm down" about the imagined threats from Moscow after they entered NATO.
"However, they have not calmed down, they have begun doing everything - by the way, with evident encouragement from Washington - to not just calm down in NATO, but conduct the music in NATO and use the rules of solidarity and consensus accepted in NATO and the EU to minimize cooperation between NATO and Russia.
"It's sad," Lavrov said.
Russophobia, being imposed by a minority in NATO has turned out to be more important for NATO than its aspiration to ensure security in the Euro-Atlantic region and the world in general, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
"To undermine the bases of stability in Europe, laid after the dissipation of the Soviet Union and Warsaw treaty, the bases, which up until recently helped us to cooperate efficiently in Afghanistan, fighting terrorism, drug trafficking and sea piracy, the bases, which gave good chances for cooperation on many other directions - this means that for NATO Russophobia being imposed by a minority - I am certain of this - is more important than the tasks, on which the security of the entire Euro-Atlantic region and the entire world depend on," Lavrov told Interfax.
US congressmen with anti-Russian stances, in particular amid the events in Ukraine, are in such a way trying to undermine the positions of current US President Barack Obama, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Interfax on Thursday.
"Many facts show that those in Congress with fierce anti-Russian stances pursue a main goal - to undermine positions of Barack Obama personally and to prepare for the next presidential elections," Lavrov said.