NATO's statements about the illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea by Russia show that the "mentality of the cold war" has been preserved by inertia in the alliance. This was stated by the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with Larry King, RT reports.
King asked how Russia would comment on the document following the NATO summit, where, in particular, Russia's illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea was condemned. In addition, the document expresses support for Ukraine's desire to join NATO.
"There is nothing new in these statements, we have listened to it for many years, so we perceive it simply as a mentality of the cold war," Lavrov said, adding: "Unfortunately, NATO maintains the inertia of the Cold War. it's time to abandon it. "
We recall, a meeting between two US and Russian President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin will be held on Monday, July 16, at about 13:00 in the Presidential Palace in Helsinki.
Earlier Russian Foreign Ministry commented the decision of Robert Mueller, the U.S. Special Counsel, to press charges against 12 Russian military intelligence officers. The statement was made public on the Ministry’s website.
“The build-up of the conspiratorial schemes which are used to defeat an American inhabitant does not connect it with this department and the involvement in cyber attacks. The statement on the illegal breaking in the computer system of the U.S. Democratic party itself is unsubstantiated,” the message says.
According to the representatives of Russian Foreign Ministry, the aim of these accusations is to spoil the atmosphere before the Russia-USA Summit.
Earlier, the U.S. authorities pressed charges against 12 Russians who are suspected of hacking email accounts of the Democratic Party leaders during the presidential election campaign in 2016. According to the investigation, the officers of the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate were included in the list. They are accused of organizing the cyber attacks, hacking the mailboxes, stealing the documents and their further spreading in the network.