NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Joan stated that Russia is becoming more aggressive externally and the Alliance has to adapt to these realities.
“Russia’s actions are destabilizing, unfortunately, we see that Russia is becoming more repressive internally in terms of political opponents and more aggressive externally,” Joanet said.
According to Joanet, it is Russia that refuses to negotiate with NATO. He noted that he has sent requests for a meeting between Russia and the North Atlantic Alliance several times over the past year.
“Unfortunately, so far Russia has not responded positively about holding a meeting of the NATO Russia Council, the last proposal I made a few days ago,” the NATO spokesman said.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will present a report on Russia’s “negative behavior.”
Raab will address a number of British objections to Russia’s actions, which include a military build-up near the border with Ukraine. Among other things, he addresses Russia’s objections to adding key allies to the list of “unfriendly countries” and to cutting staff at the Czech and U.S. embassies.
The British Foreign Secretary added that the country intends to “rigorously” support its NATO allies. The meeting of the NATO ministers is likely to touch upon the Ryanair plane landing in Minsk. According to Raab, this incident could not have happened without the knowledge of Moscow.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the North Atlantic Alliance has “some kind of malicious plans against Russia.
The head of the Foreign Ministry reminded that one of the obligations taken by NATO was to stop approaching Russia’s borders.
Lavrov said: “They don’t just ignore it any more, but when we suggest reaffirming what was declared, for example, the principle of the indivisibility of security – that no one in the Euro-Atlantic should strengthen their security at the expense of others, they move away from this principle and are afraid to reaffirm it,” Lavrov said. Lavrov noted that he would like to be wrong.