According to the Russian president’s spokesman, NATO’s new defense program shows that our decision to cut ties with the alliance is absolutely correct.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Friday, “NATO’s new defense program simply and in the most obvious way confirms the validity of Russia’s decisions made a few days ago to end its formal dialogue with NATO. Dialogue, he said, is not necessary under such circumstances.
Moscow has never had any illusions about NATO and believes that this alliance was created for confrontation, the Kremlin spokesman added.
Earlier this week, Russia suspended and reversed its NATO information office in Moscow in response to NATO’s move to revoke the accreditation of Russian mission personnel.
“Normal diplomatic relations between Moscow and NATO are no longer possible in light of the alliance’s recent unfriendly actions toward Russia,” said Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Alexander Grushko.
Yesterday, a senior NATO official announced the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s plan to build a deterrence force against Russia.
Russia rejects NATO’s accusations of preparing for military threats and cyberattacks and blames NATO strategies for instability in Europe.
In early October, NATO revoked the accreditation of eight Russian diplomats. The accusation: they were also alleged to have worked for the intelligence service. Moscow reacted by suspending the work of its NATO representation.