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    Moscow is being forced to assume a confrontational stance in relations with NATO, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the ministry, NATO is not ready to return to practical cooperation with Russia in countering real threats to regional and global security.

    "We are being practically pressured to assume a confrontational paradigm of relations based on the logic of a military standoff," the ministry said in a statement commenting on the results of the recent Russia-NATO Council meeting at the level of ambassadors in Brussels.

    Only fundamental changes in the nature of NATO could lead to eventual improvement of the European security, the ministry said.

    "Once again, NATO showed that it puts its ideological dogmas ahead of real work on resolving global problems," the ministry said in a statement commenting on the results of the recent Russia-NATO Council meeting at the level of ambassadors in Brussels.

    "The conclusion is that only a fundamental change of the nature of the Alliance, which has been hopelessly stuck in its own past, could bring about a chance for improvement of the European security situation," the statement said.

    A meeting of NATO-Russia Council (NRC) took place on Thursday in Brussels. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called the meeting substantial and noted a progress in relations between the alliance and Moscow, pointing out though that more transparency was needed.

    Russian envoy to NATO Alexander Grushko said after the NRC meeting that NATO military buildup on its "eastern flank" was an attempt to draw demarcation lines in Europe that could lead to a new round of an arms race. He also highlighted that Russia-NATO information exchange on military activity was not enough to ensure the improvement of the security situation in Europe.

    NATO suspended all practical military cooperation with Russia over the Ukraine crisis in 2014 but kept military lines of communication open.

    Moscow has repeatedly denied the allegations of involvement in Ukraine that have not been supported by factual evidence, also warning that amassing troops and military equipment on its borders is provocative, violates past NATO pledges, and can lead to regional and global destabilization.

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