Kremlin says move to suspend Russian mission to NATO underscores absence of ties

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Kremlin says move to suspend Russian mission to NATO underscores absence of ties
Kremlin says move to suspend Russian mission to NATO underscores absence of ties   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  

<div> <p><span class="caps">MOSCOW</span> – The Kremlin said on Tuesday that a Russian decision to halt the work of its diplomatic mission to <span class="caps">NATO</span> in retaliation for the expulsion of eight Russians accused of spying was a recognition of the fact that Moscow had no ties with the alliance.</p> <p>Russia said on Monday it would halt the activities of its diplomatic mission to <span class="caps">NATO</span> and that staff at <span class="caps">NATO</span>’s military mission in Moscow would be stripped of their accreditation from Nov. 1, and that the alliance’s information office in the Russian capital would be shuttered.</p> <p>“The situation which existed de facto has now been legalised formally,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “There were no ties (between Russia and <span class="caps">NATO</span>.)…We won’t suffer from this.” </p> <p/> </div>