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    NATO's Policy Toward Russia Shifts to Deterrence - Russian Envoy

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    NATO military planning clearly demonstrates a shift from partnership to deterrence in its policy towards Russia, Russian Envoy to NATO Alexander Grushko said Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — NATO-Russia relations deteriorated sharply in 2014, following Crimea's reunification with Russia and the beginning of a conflict in eastern Ukraine.

    NATO military reinforcement along Russia's western border has also been souring relations between the alliance and Moscow with Russian authorities saying that it increases tensions and threatens regional and global security.

    "I believe that the essence of [the Alliance's] military planning process today is that it clearly shows a shift from the policy of partnership to the policy of deterrence in relation to Russia, not only in political but also in military terms," Grushko said in an interview with Rossiya-24 television.

    Grushko added that Russia-NATO relations would be one of the key issues on the agenda of the next NATO Summit on July 8-9, 2016 in Warsaw, Poland.

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