Russia could shut down its mission in NATO

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Alliance decided to reduce the staff twice
15:32, 8 October 2021

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Moscow considers closing its mission in the NATO, as the Alliance dedided to cut the size of the staff that works there.

According to Kommersant, which cites its sources, "respective measures are now being approved on the inter-agency level. However, they will certainly concern the Military Mission for Connection of the NATO in Moscow", reads the message.

It's still not clear whether the restrictions would concern the NATO Information Bureau in Moscow.

According to the outlet, the sources do not rule out that Russia would take action and close the mission all by itself. 

"Unless the Alliance regains consciousness, it may as well end up with closing our office there", one of the interlocutors told Interfax.

Related: NATO to cut size of Russian diplomatic mission in Alliance twice

On June 7, Secretary General of the NATO Jens Stoltenberg came up with the initiative to gaither the session of NATO-Russia council. The official is confident that multiple exchange of information about military maneuvers could become a topic for discussion - "to avoid misunderstandings and possible escalation".

Later, the NATO Secretary General added that Russia-NATO relations have worsened lately. 

Related: Russian Foreign Minister accuses NATO of "supporting neo-Nazis" in Ukraine

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