Lavrov: There are no relations between Russia and NATO

Lavrov: There are no relations between Russia and NATO
Lavrov: There are no relations between Russia and NATO

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that relations between Russia and NATO cannot be described as bad, because there are no relations between them at the moment.

“NATO is not a friend of Russia, and they decided that they do not want to be friends. They described Russia and China as a threat to NATO,” Lavrov added, following his talks with Norwegian Foreign Minister Anneken Hoetfeld on Monday.

“My good friend Jens Stoltenberg, who was a good head of the Norwegian government, now says that NATO should be responsible for the security of the whole world,” he continued.

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He added that “the differences that we have now are in the field of ideology… We believe that the focus should be on reality, while NATO’s fantasies tend to deter Russia, prepare for attacks on it, as this lady said in Germany, that they should be ready to threaten Russia with weapons.” Nuclear… This is all fiction,” referring to recent statements by German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.

He continued, “Maybe she and her fans will like it… but we want to maintain a pragmatic attitude and focus on positive things.”

Lavrov expressed his hope that Norway will abide by its commitments within the framework of NATO, and also take into account the importance of relations with Russia.

He called for launching dialogue between the defense ministries of the two countries, and permanent consultations on security between Russia and Norway.

He added that he invited the Norwegian Foreign Minister to visit Russia at any convenient time for her.

During his visit to Norway, Lavrov participated in the ceremonies commemorating the veterans of the Second World War, and laid a wreath at the memorial to Soviet soldiers in the city of Tromsø.

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And the Norwegian minister presented him with a souvenir, noting that her grandfather was a prisoner during World War II, and was held in a German prison with Russian prisoners of war.

Source: agencies

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