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    German Die Linke party member Andrej Hunko said that both Russia and NATO should be aiming for deescalation of tensions in their relations and cooperation.

    MOSCOW(Sputnik) — German Die Linke party condemns the NATO decision to deploy four battalions on a rotational basis in Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia announced at the summit in Warsaw, the party's member of the German parliament Andrej Hunko told Sputnik on Tuesday.

    "The Warsaw summit decisions are the continuation of the escalation we witnessed in the last two years. DIE LINKE rejects the plans to raise expenditure for armament and condemns the deployment of NATO troops to Eastern Europe," Hunko said.

    Last week, Bundestag rejected a Die Linke resolution calling to replace NATO with a system of collective security, which would include Russia. German lawmakers also rejected two more initiatives of the party concerning withdrawing German troops from the Turkish Incirlik military base and giving up the idea of stationing German troops in Lithuania, according to the Bundestag website.

    "We tabled a motion to dissolve NATO and replace it with a security system that includes Russia, because we doubt that NATO is a contribution to peace and security in Europe. Its history shows that it is an aggressive military coalition and currently we can witness that once again. It was the first time that the Bundestag debated about alternatives to NATO, which was our aim. Unfortunately members of the other parties distinguished themselves by rejecting our proposals aggressively," Hunko said.

    He also noted that both Russia and NATO should be aiming for deescalation of tensions in their relations and cooperation.

    "A first step would be the end of all military maneuvers close to the western border of Russia," he said.

    Since 2014, the alliance has been building up its military presence in Europe, especially in Eastern European countries neighboring Russia, using Moscow’s alleged interference in the Ukrainian conflict as a pretext. The Russian authorities have said such moves undermine stability.

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