MOSCOW (Sputnik) — NATO's activity near Russia's borders remains a major factor of destabilization, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday.
"NATO's active actions in the bordering regions remain to be a serious destabilizing factor," Lavrov said at a press conference.
The Russian foreign minister stressed his country's call for an extensive discussion about military and political security within the NATO-Russia Council (NRC), adding that the NATO partners preferred a unilateral exchange of opinions instead of a dialogue.
Moscow has repeatedly denied allegations of involvement in Ukraine, as they are not supported by factual evidence. Russia has also warned that amassing troops and military equipment on its borders is a provocation, violates past NATO pledges, and can lead to regional and global destabilization.