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Russia's permanent representative to NATO: There is no Russian military activity in Ukraine
23:01, 13 July 2016
Russia's permanent representative to NATO: There is no Russian military activity in Ukraine

Alexander Grushko said NATO covers by Ukrainian crisis deciding to increase military presence in Eastern Alliance during Warsaw Summit

23:01, 13 July 2016

Unian

He said this in Brussels at a press conference after the meeting of the NATO-Russia Council on July 13, UNIAN reports.

Grushko said the sides talked about how to "deal with the crisis in Ukraine". When asked by UNIAN correspondent that, in fact, the question was about Russian military activity in Ukraine, Grushko said: "There is no Russian military activity in Ukraine".

Speaking about the recent decision of NATO to strengthen its presence in the East of the Alliance, the Russian diplomat said that Russia considers these measures as those that "have no basis, excessive and counterproductive".

"They are confrontational, they weaken the common European regional security and bring us back to the safety circuits of the Cold War. Russia is not a threat to Alliance members", Grushko said.

The Russian diplomat also expressed the point that NATO's open door policy "is not a contribution to the security of Europe".

"The territory of the Eastern European members of the Alliance is transformed into a base for military deployment and implementation of military and political pressure on Russia. It does not increase, but reduces the security of the region", he said.

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