MOSCOW, December 27. / TASS /. NATO has focused on Russia’s military deterrence as it preferred to engage in joint projects, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin said.
“The current deplorable state of relations between Russia and NATO can be explained by the fact that the alliance has often resorted to hybrid methods to contain Russia, combining dialogue with a ramping up of military preparations “Fomin said Monday at an unscheduled meeting. briefing for military attachés and representatives of foreign embassies accredited to Moscow. “In recent years, the emphasis has been on military deterrence, whereas in the past, more attention has been paid to cooperative projects that appealed to the alliance.”
He said the deterioration in Russia-NATO relations started before 2014.
“After the end of the Cold War, the Russian Federation made several attempts to find new forms of engagement with NATO, in order to create a stable and equal system of European security for all,” Fomin said. “It would be wrong to believe that the deterioration of Russia-NATO relations started in 2014.”
“The declared goals of equal cooperation by the alliance were not achieved much sooner, in fact, immediately after the collapse of the Warsaw Pact,” he continued. “At the same time, 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.”
Russia has also withdrawn its troops from Warsaw Pact countries, the deputy minister said.
Fomin stressed that the meeting with foreign diplomats aimed to present the Russian Defense Ministry’s assessments on the status and nature of the engagement between Russia and NATO over the past two decades.