MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) cloaks the deployment of its infrastructure near Russian borders behind far-fetched pretexts, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with Belarusian media Friday.
"All these preparations that are now being implemented in practice, when NATO infrastructure approaches our common borders, when new units are sent there… we understand perfectly well that the pretexts used to justify such actions, they are far-fetched," Lavrov said.
"I still have a high opinion of the quality of military thinking, military training in the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom and other countries of the North Atlantic alliance. I cannot assume that they have even the slightest assumption that Russia will attack NATO," Lavrov said.
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.