14:04 GMT11 August 2020
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    Sergei Naryshkin, the speaker of the lower house of Russian parliament said that NATO and the European Union’s policies towards Russia are not constructive as they undermine the principles of international law, global and regional security and mutually beneficial economic cooperation.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — NATO’s increased presence in Europe near Russia and Belarus' borders is an aggressive policy, which will continue in the future, the speaker of the lower house of Russian parliament said Thursday.

    "The aggressive expansion of NATO military infrastructure toward the Belarusian and Russian borders, the sanctions policy violating international law, the West’s interference in the political life of sovereign states, a massive disinformation campaign against our countries, unfortunately, will continue," Sergei Naryshkin said at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union of Belarus and Russia.

    The Russian lawmaker added that the military alliance and the European Union’s policies are not constructive as they undermine the principles of international law, global and regional security and mutually beneficial economic cooperation.

    NATO has been increasing its military presence in Eastern Europe and the Black Sea since the outbreak of the conflict in southeastern Ukraine in April 2014, in response to what it considers Russia's aggressive foreign policy.

    Moscow has repeatedly dismissed the Ukraine-related accusations leveled at it, warning that increased NATO activities near the country's borders could undermine regional and global stability.


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