The NAC meeting today could become a moment of truth for the Alliance, since one of its key Allies shot down the Russian aircraft which participated in the international efforts to fight terrorism. However, this moment of truth did not happen. In his statement to the press NATO Secretary General did not make a single hint of condemnation of the attack on our aircraft which did not pose and could not pose any threat to the security of Turkey and was in the airspace of Syria. There were no words of consolation or regret about casualties among the Russian crew who were performing their duties in the fight against terrorism. However, there are references to the implications of the military actions of the Russian Air Forces.
6 November 2015
With the «Trident Juncture 2015» taking place, we are worried that the information campaign around the exercises in the Western media is full of anti-Russian rhetoric, despite their geography and claims by NATO leadership that the maneuvers are not directly linked to collective defense. Some NATO representatives were referring to these exercises as to a ‘demonstration of power’ by the Alliance against any threat, including from the Eastern direction. Our military experts will certainly analyze in a professional way the overall aims of the exercises and specific details of their scenario.
29 October 2015
The full comment by Ambassador A.Grushko to the "Wall Street Journal" that was selectively quoted:

Provocative is already the mere idea to further broaden NATO military activities on Russia’s frontiers – irrespective of its forms and parameters.
Moreover, as we are looking at the situation in a holistic way we note with concern not only the attempts to augment the so called continuous rotational (in fact – permanent) presence of NATO forces on the eastern flank, but also to push military infrastructure (including C2 network and BMD assets) closer to our borders. The plans to create pre-positioning sites for heavy military equipment in Eastern Europe is yet another alarming factor. All these actions in aggregate lead to the corrosion of obligations to exercise military restraint in the region (as they are enshrined in Russia-NATO Founding Act of 1997).
21 October 2015
The ongoing missile defense exercise involving sea-based assets of some NATO countries is another demonstration of a destabilising nature of USA/NATO European BMD. The choice of the region to stage such maneuvers proves legitimacy of our concerns about the true direction of the Alliance's BMD system. It is obvious that the northeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean is not the best positioning area to protect European countries against missile threats from the regions, with which the USA and NATO have been linking their BMD system. On the contrary, in the immediate proximity to the zone of the exercise there are areas that are critical to Russia in terms of nuclear deterrence and overall maintenance of strategic stability
6 October 2015
Our impression is that the incident in the Turkish airspace was used to engage NATO as an Organization in the information campaign, which is aimed to distort the purposes of the operation by the Russian Air Force in Syria.
Such incidents are subject to clarifications through bilateral and military channels. It is a well-established practice. The fact that the Russian clarifications were ignored reveals genuine intentions of NATO Council organizers. The insertion of the borrowed formulations in the text of the statement that strikes do not target ISIL and lead to civilian casualties is another testimony to that.
Permanent Representative
Alexander V. GRUSHKO
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