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    Russia-NATO Ties at 'Lowest' Point Since End of Cold War - Russian General Staff

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    Russian Chief of General Staff said that relations between Russia and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization are at their lowest point since the end of the Cold War.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Relations between Russia and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are at their lowest point since the end of the Cold War, Russian Chief of General Staff Gen. Valery Gerasimov said Wednesday.

    Speaking at the VI Moscow Conference on International Security, Gerasimov said "we can make an unambiguous conclusion that Europe is gradually turning from the most stable and quiet military region to a zone of heightened tension and confrontation."

    "This is the result of several factors. First of all, this is the deterioration of relations between Russia and NATO. Today, they are the lowest point since the end of the cold War," he said.

    Russia is open to the restoration of full-scale dialogue with NATO on the basis of equality, trust and constructiveness, Russian Chief of General Staff Gen. Valery Gerasimov said Wednesday.

    "We intend to continue the practice of inviting representatives of military agencies of NATO countries and the alliance’s bodies of military governance to take part in events organized by the Russian Defense Ministry. We are open to restoration of full-scale dialogue and interaction with the North Atlantic union. The main thing is that this process takes place on an equal, trusting and constructive basis," Gerasimov said at the VI Moscow Conference on International Security.

    According to Gerasimov, the Russian side proposed steps to improve cooperation with NATO at last year’s NATO-Russia Council. The proposals were ignored, he added.

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