"I think that this is a recognition that the project dubbed ‘isolation of Russia’ failed. It is evident that without Russia it is impossible to solve or regulate any international problem".
“We do not have a positive agenda today, have no projects that would have allowed us to return to improving relations in the spheres of common interests. NATO made a decision to take our relations from partnership to deterrence".
"NATO countries realize that they can’t keep isolating themselves from real processes in the sphere of security.This plays against the interests of not only global security, but also the alliance itself".
"Russia is not against holding a new meeting of the Russia-NATO Council, but only when there is a real agenda."
In Focus
20 April 2016
After a nearly two-year-long pause and upon the suggestion of the alliance, the Russia-NATO Council (RNC) met at the level of permanent representatives in Brussels on April 20.

The participants discussed in detail the Ukraine crisis as they emphasised the need for a full, phased-in implementation of the Minsk agreements, the situation in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, regional terrorist threats, and risks arising from the unprecedented build-up by NATO of its military activities and infrastructure in the regions that border Russia.
15 April 2016
On April 12, the US Department of State submitted to Congress its annual Report on Adherence to and Compliance with Arms Control, Nonproliferation and Disarmament Agreements and Commitments. As usual, Washington reported on the United States’ model adherence to and compliance with all its commitments while posing as a self-appointed teacher charged with assessing other countries’ behaviour in this respect.

Even a cursory analysis of the report shows that it is not a serious document that reflects the real state of affairs in arms control and disarmament.

The US Department of State has again showered Russia with unsubstantiated accusations. The assessments provided in the report are judgmental, biased and prejudiced. They are comprised of a combination of speculation, exaggeration, false messages and openly distorted facts. The obvious goal is to create a negative image of Russia in the hope that few readers will take the trouble to analyse the details of the unsubstantiated examples of Russia’s alleged violations. When compared to the real state of affairs, the US Department of State’s assessments present a sad picture of these “expert” assessments.
11 April 2016
Question: Can you comment on NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s words that a Russia-NATO Council meeting will be held at the ambassadorial level in the next two weeks?

Maria Zakharova: It’s true that Brussels has proposed holding a Russia-NATO Council meeting at the ambassadorial level almost two years after NATO decided to curtail systemic political dialogue and suspend all practical cooperation with Russia. The meeting will be held soon.

The main issues on the coordinated agenda are the crisis in and around Ukraine and the need to fully implement the Minsk Agreements, the security situation in Afghanistan and regional terrorism threats.
1 April 2016
-How does Russia assess the US intention to deploy in Eastern Europe another armored brigade?
Amb.Grushko: We need to have a look at how these intentions will be materialized. We will assess these plans not only in terms of what the US can further deploy on the eastern flank, but together with the measures already taken.
If we speak about a new pattern of force deployment on the eastern periphery of NATO, we witness a qualitative change in the very configuration of this presence and the significant deterioration of the situation in the military sphere.
Today constant rotation of the US forces is carried out in six Eastern European countries, exercises are held on a regular basis with the participation of both the US and European contingents. Naval forces in the Baltics are reinforced. Storages for equipment are created; this equipment is used by rotational units during joint exercises with national contingents. The improvement of infrastructure for new reinforcement troops is taking place. The air military activity has increased along our borders. The number of reconnaissance flights has increased manyfold. There are talks about possible reinforcement of the military presence in the Black Sea region.
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Alexander V. GRUSHKO
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