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British Foreign Secretary calls on NATO to consolidate efforts to counter threats posed by Russia

At the same time, Raab admitted the possibility of improving relations with Russia, but only on condition that this country would not undermine international law
17:19, 13 October 2019
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British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab called on NATO member countries to consolidate efforts to counter the threats emanating from Russia. He said this during a speech at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in London, according to the British Foreign Ministry.

"The world has moved on since the Cold War. Russia is using different types of disinformation and deploying new missile systems in its efforts to destabilise Europe. Terrorist groups are becoming more capable and more agile. For all of us, new and rapidly developing technologies present a double-edged sword of risk and reward, opportunity and threat," Raab said.

He also drew attention to the violation of international law by Moscow when it annexed the Ukrainian peninsula. In addition, Raab remembered a number of cyber attacks organized by the Russian Federation in Europe, attempts to support the coup in Montenegro, the poisoning of former GRU agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yuulia in British Salisbury.
 
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Repeated violations by Russia of the INF Treaty have led to the recent destruction of this ten-year agreement, Raab noted.

In connection with these facts, NATO allies need more united actions in Europe, among which - increased support for Ukraine and Georgia, a military presence in the Black Sea region.

"So I want to be clear about this. We do need an approach that invites the possibility of a better relationship with Russia, if and when Russia shows it is serious, willing and able to cooperate in support of international law rather than undermining it," Raab admitted.

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