Support The Moscow Times!

Russia Has Ceased ‘All’ Cooperation With NATO, Foreign Ministry Official Says

NATO / Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Russia has stopped all cooperation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said in an interview with state media on Monday.

The Western alliance suspended military and civilian cooperation with Russia in the spring of 2014 in response to Moscow’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula. Several disputes, including a naval standoff in the Kerch Strait and the U.S. withdrawal from a Cold War-era nuclear treaty, have further strained ties between Russia and the 70-year-old bloc.

“NATO has itself abandoned a positive agenda in its relations with Russia. It doesn’t exist,” Grushko told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency.

Grushko, Moscow’s permanent representative at NATO between 2012 and 2018, said the current standoff mirrors the Cold War “status quo” that brought about NATO’s creation in 1947.

The diplomat warned NATO against military conflict with Russia, saying “all sensible people hope it doesn’t happen.”

“It would be a humanitarian catastrophe. I’m sure they understand that in Washington and Brussels.”

Grushko's interview comes a day after current and former U.S. military officers expressed concern that a lack of communication between Moscow and Washington could lead to nuclear war "by mistake or miscalculation."

“We are in danger of stumbling backward into a Cold War that is to no one’s advantage,” The Associated Press quoted James Stavridis, a retired Navy admiral who was the top NATO commander in Europe from 2009 to 2013, as saying. “Without steady, political-level engagement between the defense establishments, the risk of a true new Cold War rises steadily.”

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

Once
Monthly
Annual
Continue
paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more