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Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Colonel-General Alexander Fomin held a briefing for military attachés and representatives of foreign embassies accredited in Moscow.

In his speech, the deputy head of the Russian military department voiced his assessments of the state and nature of interaction between the Russian Federation and NATO over the past two decades.

As Alexander Fomin noted, the current deplorable state of relations between Russia and NATO can be explained by the fact that the alliance often resorted to using “hybrid methods” to contain Russia, combining dialogue with a build-up of military preparations.

“In recent years, the emphasis has been on military deterrence, while earlier more attention was paid to cooperation projects of interest to the alliance,” said the Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation.

He added that since the end of the Cold War, the Russian Federation has repeatedly made attempts to find new forms of interaction with NATO, to create a stable, equal system of European security for all.

“It would be wrong to believe that the deterioration in NATO-Russia relations began in 2014. The declared goals of equal cooperation by the alliance were not fulfilled much earlier, in fact, immediately after the collapse of the Warsaw Pact. Given that Russia was then unprecedentedly open to a constructive partnership with the West and carried out a voluntary demilitarization of the country on its western borders. An unprecedented in scale and timing of withdrawal of troops from the Warsaw Pact countries has also been carried out, ”added the deputy head of the Russian military department.

Full text of the speech of the Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation
Colonel General Alexander Fomin

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