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    Counter-NATO summit on July 8-10 in Warsaw, Poland will convene to campaign against the alliance's militarism, armament and provocative actions toward Russia, one of the organizers of the event in Warsaw, Reiner Braun, told Sputnik on Thursday.

    WARSAW (Sputnik) — According to Braun, they advocate having "no troops and maneuvers at Russia’s western border, no further armament in the NATO member states, no new nuclear weapons, no missile defense system in Eastern Europe and no NATO operations against refugees."

    "The events against NATO summit that are taking place on July 8-10 in Warsaw, organized by the Polish and international organizers and activists of the peace and anti-war movements, will have an opportunity to discuss and debate alternatives to the policies of militarization and war being proposed by NATO at the counter NATO summit which is due to open on July 8," Braun, who is also a co-president of the International Peace Bureau (IPB) disarmament NGO, said.

    The "No to NATO" website says that on July 9 activists plan to take their protest to the streets of Warsaw to express opposition to the NATO summit. The organizers are expecting Saturday’s march to be a major demonstration.

    On Sunday, a meeting of peace activists and NGOs such as Effata Association Poland, Social Justice Movement Poland, Stop the War Initiative Poland, Warsaw Anarchist Federation, Workers Democracy Poland, International Network No to War – No to NATO, will be held to discuss further cooperation and activity in the pursuit of a peaceful world.

    Since 2014, NATO has been building up its military presence in Western Europe, close to Russia's western borders, using Moscow's alleged interference in Ukraine as a pretext for the move. Moscow has repeatedly denied the claims and warned NATO that the military buildup on Russia’s borders is provocative and threatens the existing strategic balance of power.

    Russia-NATO Relations Reach a New Low (121)


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