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Russia-NATO Relations Reach Level of New Cold War - Medvedev

© AFP 2021 / Christof STACHERussian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev speaks during a panel discussion at the second day of the 52nd Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich, southern Germany, on February 13, 2016
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev speaks during a panel discussion at the second day of the 52nd Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich, southern Germany, on February 13, 2016 - Sputnik International
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Russia-NATO relations have reached the level of the new Cold War, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said addressing the participants of the Munich Security Conference.

NATO political line toward Moscow remains hostile and closed, the prime minister added.

"Russia-NATO relations have reached the level of a new 'cold war'. NATO continues to insist Russia constitutes its main threat — a threat to Europe as well as the US and other countries. Scary movies have been filmed where Russians begin a nuclear war. Sometimes I think: are we in 2016 or in 1962?" Dmitry Medvedev said.

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The minister underscored that dialogue on Euro-Atlantic security is especially necessary in such a time.

"Our intensive dialogue on the future of Euro-Atlantic security, on global stability, on regional threats is particularly needed now. I find it abnormal that it almost completely stopped in many areas," he said.

"Mechanisms have been suspended that enabled to timely eliminate mutual concerns. Moreover, we have lost the culture of mutual arms control, though this served for a long time as the foundation for building trust," Medvedev added.

The MSC is an international, nongovernmental, independent conference for discussing major security issues. Founded in 1962 to facilitate consultations between NATO member countries, it now involves representatives from Central and Eastern Europe, South Asia, and the Middle East, as well as former Soviet states.

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