Russia’s defense minister accused NATO on Saturday of gradually gathering forces near Russia’s borders and being unwilling to discuss European security with Moscow on equal terms, Interfax news agency reported.
Shoigu’s comments were the latest sign of mounting tension between Russia and NATO after defense ministers from the Western alliance agreed a new plan on Thursday to defend against any potential Russian attack on multiple fronts.
For the latest headlines, follow our Google News channel online or via the app.
Germany’s defense minister described the plan as “the way of deterrence” but the Kremlin said on Friday that the plan showed Moscow had been right to cut ties with NATO. Russia shut its diplomatic mission to NATO and the alliance’s mission in Moscow this week after NATO expelled eight Russians accused of spying.
“NATO is gradually gathering forces near our borders amid calls for military deterrence of Russia,” Interfax quoted Shoigu as saying in a statement, without giving details.
“The German defense minister (Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer) must know really well how a similar thing ended up for Germany and Europe,” he added in an apparent reference to World War Two.
He said security in Europe must be mutual and must not infringe on Russia’s interests.
“But it is NATO that is not ready for an equal dialogue on this issue,” he said. “Moreover, the implementation of NATO’s ‘deterrence’ plan in Afghanistan has ended up in a disaster, which the whole world is now dealing with.”
NATO will still seek channels with Russia despite spy disputeNATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday that the alliance would still need to talk to Russia after Moscow suspended its diplomatic ... World News
Kremlin says move to halt work of Russian mission to NATO underscores absence of tiesThe Kremlin said on Tuesday that a Russian decision to halt the work of its diplomatic mission to NATO in retaliation for the expulsion of eight ... World News
US senators suggest expelling 300 Russian diplomats amid embassy disputeRussia in August banned the US embassy in Moscow from retaining, hiring or contracting Russian or third-country staff, except for guards, forcing the mission to let go 182 employees and dozens of contractors, the State Department said. World News
Russia and Belarus formally open huge joint military drills, worrying NATORussia and Belarus formally opened vast joint military drills on Thursday, a week-long exercise across the territory of both countries and in the ... World News
Ukraine talks to join NATO worries Russia: KremlinThe Kremlin said on Thursday that Moscow was worried by talk of a road map for Ukraine to join NATO and described the “problem” of the military bloc ... World News
Biden gifts Russia’s Putin Aviator sunglasses used by US military, NATOUS President Joe Biden gifted his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin a pair of custom Aviators from a company that provides the US military and NATO ... World News