NATO's attempts to contain Russia raising threat of conflict: Russian foreign ministry

Russia accused NATO of increasing the threat of conflict, insisting attempts by the US-led alliance to curb Moscow have left ties at their lowest ebb since the USSR collapsed.

AFP May 26, 2017 17:17:17 IST
NATO's attempts to contain Russia raising threat of conflict: Russian foreign ministry

Moscow: Russia on Friday accused NATO of increasing the threat of conflict, insisting attempts by the US-led alliance to curb Moscow have left ties at their lowest ebb since the USSR collapsed.

"At present NATO-Russian relations are at their worst since the end of the Cold War," the foreign ministry in Moscow said in a statement.

The ministry said NATO was pursuing a policy of "containment" towards Russia that has seen it bolster its forces along the country's border in eastern Europe.

NATOs attempts to contain Russia raising threat of conflict Russian foreign ministry

File photo of Russian president Vladimir Putin. AP

"The direct consequence is the increase in the potential for conflict in Euro-Atlantic region," it said.

The broadside from Moscow came a day after NATO leaders met in Brussels.

The threat from Russia has tended to be a major focus of NATO summits since Moscow annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014 and then backed a bloody separatist insurgency.

But the meeting on Thursday saw the Russia issue relegated as US president Donald Trump blasted allies for not spending enough on defence and steered clear of saying Washington would stick to NATO's Article 5 collective defence guarantee.

The Kremlin has long berated NATO for expanding into what it sees as its traditional sphere of influence along its Western flank.

NATO is deploying four battalions to Poland and the Baltic states to calm nerves that have frayed since the seizure of Crimea in the region formerly under Moscow's control.

Billionaire leader Trump has previously called NATO "obsolete" and insisted it should do more to combat terrorism.

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