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Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Terminates Cooperation with NATO

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexander Grushko announced Russia terminates cooperation with NATO. It was reported by Izvestiya.

According to him, the North Atlantic alliance is strengthening the eastern flank against a non-existent threat, having stopped practical cooperation with Russia in areas of common interests.

Preparation for the Russia-NATO Council, which was not going to be held since July 2017, was stopped, Grushko noted.

He added that it is only “equal cooperation with all world players, including Russia” that can improve the situation.

The NATO press service told Izvestiya that the nature of the Alliance’s relations with Russia and the desire for partnership will depend on a clear, constructive change in Russia’s actions that will testify to the observance of international law.

“Until it happens, we can not continue to work as usual,” the alliance said.

NATO speakers usually mean demand to change a new status of Crimea, while Russian diplomats stress the issue is out of the discussion. As a result Russia-NATO cooperation comes to the dead end.

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