Launched in the Lvov Region on July 20, US-led regular NATO-Ukraine military exercises are a graphic demonstration of NATO’ provocative course for giving unqualified support to the current Ukrainian authorities’ policies in southeastern Ukraine, which result in daily civilian deaths. Despite NATO leaders’ public statements on the need to abide by the Minsk Agreements and official support for Normandy format ceasefire efforts, NATO is not only unprepared to recognise the fallacy and possible explosive consequences of these drills, but has also boosted their scale and the strength of forces involved in comparison with last year’s exercises.
10 July 2015
Some Polish officials have made statements as of late regarding their country intending to cling further to a policy enhancing the armed presence of NATO and some of its member states, particularly the United States. These officials also call for revising the allegedly outdated Russia-NATO Founding Act of 1997.

Importantly, these statements are made while NATO military activity near the Russian border has reached unprecedented scope, as it is. Building up military tensions on NATO’s so-called “Eastern flank” is a clear goal toward which Poland and some other NATO countries are working consistently. However triumphant their reporting of the developments might be, this activity undermines regional security instead of strengthening it, as we have stressed on a number of occasions.
7 July 2015
The recent history of NATO enlargement has proved that it has not contributed to peace and security in Europe, but on the contrary has created new dividing lines on the continent, fostering instincts of «frontline states» and artificially dividing European countries into different groups of «privileged» and «non-privileged» states in terms of security. This NATO-centered model is outdated and inefficient in addressing real threats. It does not serve the interests of establishing cooperative security in Europe. We should not rely on the instruments we inherited from the past, but to look for ways to protect the security of all, create common European security space conducive to the principle of indivisibility of security based on the understanding that no one strengthens his security at the expense of others.

It is obvious that membership in NATO creates limits for a sovereign decision-making in the area of security. In real terms it means that Member States are expected to follow anti-Russian policies and military planning which are becoming the leading trends in NATO. It would be hard to believe that this will not affect Russian-Montenegrian relations.
25 June 2015
First of all, Russia is a responsible member of NPT regime. This became once again apparent at the 2015 NPT Review Conference as participating States were very close to adopting the Final Document – to a great extent due to Russian efforts and proposals. Our constructive approach was acknowledged by many participants. So, we take it very seriously when it comes to any aspect of the NPT, including carefully calibrating the corresponding rhetoric.
It is no secret that Russia is in the middle of modernization cycle of its nuclear arsenal which has to do mostly with a need to replace retiring systems. These efforts are in strict adherence to our bilateral Treaty with the US (the New START), and this obvious fact is not contested by the American side. That’s why it appears rather strange to us to see emotional reaction from NATO officials with regard to statistical data on this modernization process, including those recently presented by the Russian President Vladimir Putin.
23 June 2015
We have held a new round of the Normandy format talks between the foreign ministers of Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine. We discussed the implementation of the Minsk Agreements. Also, the Russian President had a telephone conversation with the French President and the German Chancellor yesterday, during which they talked about the key aspects of our work at this point. As you probably know, meetings of the majority of Trilateral Contact Group’s working subgroups were held in Minsk today.
The most important thing we noted was that the Package of Measures approved in Minsk on February 12 remains valid as a package, and that we need to implement all of its provisions, though not necessarily based onthe implementation of each other, but working towards progress on each of the provisions of the Package of Measures.
Second and very important as well, we spent a long time discussing an issue on which our leaders also focus, specifically, the development of direct dialogue between Kiev, Lugansk and Donetsk on the implementation of all the provisions of the Minsk Agreements without exception. This concerns the military-political sphere, security, the economy and humanitarian issues, and, last but not the least, political reforms.
Permanent Representative
Alexander V. GRUSHKO
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