NATO plans the expansion of the Alliance in Eastern Europe since the beginning of Ukrainian political crises amid fears of worsening retaliations with Russia. The Alliance has promised not to set up any military bases in Eastern European countries that have joined NATO since the fall of the Soviet Union. Moscow warns that such actions may lead to a new "cold war".
The Russian Foreign Ministry described on Friday the ratification of the law on Montenegro accession to NATO by the parliament amid nationwide protests against the move as 'violation of all democratic principles."
Montenegro parliament ratified on Friday the law on the country's accession to NATO - the military bloc that bombed the Balkan nation in 1999.
Anti-NATO activists in Montenegro, led by the opposition Democratic Front (DF), have begun protesting in the city of Cetinje, the historical capital of the country, where the parliament is currently convened to vote on the ratification of the nation's NATO membership, Radio and Television of Montenegro (RTCG) broadcaster reported on Friday.
Moscow is doing its best to protect the country amid the NATO expansion, Russia's envoy to the bloc said.
NATO is intensifying intelligence activities near the Russian borders, the Russian General Staff's chief Gen. Valery Gerasimov said on Wednesday.
NATO is pursuing a policy of "a forced advancement of interests", the Russian defense minister said.
Serbia will not follow suit despite neighboring Montenegro's NATO aspirations, its defense minister said.
What NATO is doing is absolutely different from what it claims to be doing, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Dragging Balkan nations into NATO destabilizes the region, according to Russia's ambassador to Serbia.
The North Atlantic Alliance should have been disbanded after the end of the Cold War, paving the way for global disarmament and demilitarization, Jakob Reimann wrote in an opinion post for Der Freitag, adding that the bloc opted instead to pursue a path of "aggressive eastward expansion" which has sparked the risk of a conflict with Russia.
A prominent peace activist said Montenegrins counted on the support from democratic European forces in their pursuit of a NATO membership referendum.
Russia is ready for dialogue with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on issues including counterterrorism, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday.
The Pentagon's massive deployment to Eastern Europe and the Baltics, which has seen the US send approximately 4,000 troops and military equipment to the region, "ratchets up tensions" and increases confrontation with Russia, security analyst Charles Shoebridge, a former counterterrorism officer at the British Army, told Radio Sputnik.
The United States and NATO have deployed additional forces and military equipment to Central and Eastern European nations, as well as the Baltic states, citing security concerns as the reason, but the largest buildup in the bloc's history is not aimed at protecting NATO's eastern flank, Professor Janusz Niedzwiedzki told Sputnik.
Estonian Defense Minister Margus Tsahkna and US Ambassador to Estonia James Melville signed an agreement on bilateral cooperation in the defense sphere, the Estonian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.
US political leaders have falsely accused Moscow of threatening NATO member states while the alliance aggressively builds up military forces on Russia’s border, Nobel Peace Prize winner and global peace activist Helen Caldicott told Sputnik.
London has accepted the rotating command of NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force.
The Kremlin will have to respond to NATO's muscle flexing in Eastern Europe and the Baltics because Moscow sees it as a threat, Dr. Martin McCauley, Senior Lecturer at the University of London, told Radio Sputnik, commenting on the Pentagon's latest deployment to the region.
Russia is doing everything possible to rightfully protect itself from the expansion of the aggressive North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday.
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