Contacts and cooperation between post-Soviet Russia and NATO started shortly after the collapse of the USSR and deepened as Russia joined the Partnership for Peace program in 1994. The alliance began an intensive expansion to the east over the next two decades, incorporating former Soviet countries along the way. After the crisis erupted in Ukraine in 2014, Russia-NATO relations rapidly deteriorated. NATO forces heightened their activity on Russia's doorstep, threatening the country's security. Tension is growing as both sides regularly accuse each other of various violations.
NATO must consider rethinking its position on relations with Russia if the Minsk accord would be fulfilled, Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said Saturday.
The North Atlantic Alliance has focused its efforts on countering a non-existent threat from a supposedly "assertive" Russia, but the bloc's key enemy is Daesh, not Moscow, journalist and an expert on strategic studies at the LUISS Guido Carli University Germano Dottori told Sputnik.
The NATO decision to deploy battalions in the Baltic States is an attempt to blackmail Russia and to involve it in the arms race, deputy head of the Russian State Duma Committee for Security and Anti-Corruption Dmitry Gorovtsov said Thursday.
Russian military coordination with the United States in Syria might help soothe tensions after the NATO summit in Warsaw, former US Under Secretary of Defense Dov Zakheim told Sputnik.
The NATO summit in Warsaw, Poland fanned dangerous tensions in Europe and approved military exercises against Russia unparalleled in scale since the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, former CIA analyst and whistleblower John Kiriakou told Sputnik.
The final outcome of the NATO Summit in Warsaw might expose deep differences among alliance members over measures designed to counter Russia, former CIA analyst Raymond McGovern told Sputnik.
NATO will strengthen its presence in the eastern Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday at the NATO Summit in Warsaw.
The North Atlantic Alliance has treated Russia as a major threat blaming the country for undermining European stability, yet it is NATO itself and a massive anti-Russian media campaign in the West who are to blame for the current state of affairs in Europe, Turkish retired Brigadier General Haldun Solmaztürk told Sputnik.
With the ongoing NATO summit in focus, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg lauded Copenhagen for buying expensive US fighter jets, yet reprimanded Denmark alongside other European NATO members for spending too little on defense. Whoever wins the US presidential election will put pressure on Europe to step up its defense expenditure.
Enforcing the no-fly zone in Syria that Hillary Clinton advocates would require the destruction of Russia's anti-aircraft missiles in the Arab republic which could lead to military escalation, speaker at ongoing Counter-NATO Summit in Warsaw Joseph Gerson of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) organization told Sputnik.
Russia is forced to counterbalance NATO buildup alarmed by the Alliance’s expansion in Eastern Europe, Baltic states, Scandinavia and the Black Sea, speaker at ongoing Counter-NATO Summit in Warsaw Joseph Gerson of American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) organization told Sputnik.
Polish President Andrzej Duda said Friday the Russia-NATO Founding Act of 1997 was an inviable document that had been violated multiple times by the Russian side.
With the NATO-driven fear of Russia reaching its greatest in decades, Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg is traveling to the NATO Summit in Warsaw to secure guarantees that Norway will be able to keep the Norwegian Sea open in case of a serious conflict with Moscow.
NATO will continue seeking constructive dialogue with Moscow and considers Russia to be an integral part of European security, the alliance's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Friday.
Counter-NATO summit on July 8-10 in Warsaw, Poland will convene to campaign against the alliance's militarism, armament and provocative actions toward Russia, one of the organizers of the event in Warsaw, Reiner Braun, told Sputnik on Thursday.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization does not intend to refuse to cooperate with Russia, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday.
The ongoing military escalation against Russia may have consequences that nobody really wants. It's high time for the West to try and find a means to reduce tensions, instead of blowing the horn and accusing Russia of all mortal sins, before it's too late, a Swedish professor appealed before the NATO summit in Warsaw.
NATO battalions in Poland and the Baltic countries pose no threat to Russia, the head of NATO's military committee said.
There is no need for NATO to increase its military presence if Russia avoids buildup and shows a will to negotiate transparency and risk reduction measures with the alliance, the chairman of NATO's Military Committee said.
NATO has no interest in canceling or rewriting the NATO-Russia Founding Act, the chairman of the alliance's Military Committee said.
Not every member of the North Atlantic Alliance wants the bloc to be tough on Russia. NATO should start "building bridges" on its eastern flank and work together with Moscow to tackle global terrorism, Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti urged ahead of NATO's landmark summit in Warsaw that will approve several anti-Russian measures.