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NATO not ready for equal dialogue with Moscow - Russian defence chief

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NATO not ready for equal dialogue with Moscow - Russian defence chief
NATO not ready for equal dialogue with Moscow - Russian defence chief   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  

<div> <p><span class="caps">MOSCOW</span> – Russia’s defence minister accused <span class="caps">NATO</span> on Saturday of gradually gathering forces near Russia’s borders and being unwilling to discuss European security with Moscow on equal terms, Interfax news agency reported.</p> <p>Shoigu’s comments were the latest sign of mounting tension between Russia and <span class="caps">NATO</span> after defence ministers from the Western alliance agreed a new plan https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/nato-agree-master-plan-deter-growing-russian-threat-diplomats-say-2021-10-21 on Thursday to defend against any potential Russian attack on multiple fronts.</p> <p>Germany’s defence minister described the plan as “the way of deterrence” but the Kremlin https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/moscow-says-natos-new-russia-plan-shows-it-was-right-cut-ties-2021-10-22 said on Friday that the plan showed Moscow had been right to cut ties with <span class="caps">NATO</span>. Russia shut its diplomatic mission to <span class="caps">NATO</span> and the alliance’s mission in Moscow this week after <span class="caps">NATO</span> expelled eight Russians accused of spying.</p> <p>“<span class="caps">NATO</span> is gradually gathering forces near our borders amid calls for military deterrence of Russia,” Interfax quoted Shoigu as saying in a statement, without giving details. </p> <p>“The German defence minister (Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer) must know really well how a similar thing ended up for Germany and Europe,” he added in an apparent reference to World War Two.</p> <p>He said security in Europe must be mutual and must not infringe on Russia’s interests. </p> <p>“But it is <span class="caps">NATO</span> that is not ready for an equal dialogue on this issue,” he said. “Moreover, the implementation of <span class="caps">NATO</span>’s ‘deterrence’ plan in Afghanistan has ended up in a disaster, which the whole world is now dealing with.”</p> <p/> </div>