2016 year was difficult and turbulent. It is obvious that the world stands on the threshold of major changes- many factors intertwine in the global security equation, conflict potential grows, the very nature of threats changes. But there are more signs of awareness that no one, not a single country can cope alone with challenges that are truly transnational and cross-border. First of all, this refers to the threat of terrorism, the tragic consequences of which many countries, including Russia, have experienced.

Unfortunately, negative factors are accumulating in the area of the European security. I refer, above all, to the continued strengthening of the NATO eastern flank, unjustified deployment of forces and equipment of the United States and its allies, build-up of military infrastructure near Russia's borders. It is obvious that this military activity weakens regional security, forces us to take compensating measures.
In Focus
18 January 2017
We took note of the statements by the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee General Petr Pavel about the importance of establishing contacts with Russian military officials. We consider these statements as a sign of understanding by NATO that the absence of mil-to-mil dialogue is not normal. We take it as a positive signal in response to the proposals of our military to jointly look for ways to de-escalate the situation in the European security, including through a meaningful consultations on this subject. I would like to stress that these proposals remain valid.

Of course, we support such an interest. However, the suspension of a mil-to-mil dialogue was not our fault. Moreover, we should probably be talking not only about phone conversations between military officials, but also about establishing regular contacts, including at the experts' level, regular exchange of views and identifying areas for possible cooperation where there are common interests.
15 September 2016
Indeed, at today's meeting with NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow we received an oral reply to the proposals that our military representatives presented at the NRC meeting on July 13 on risk-reduction measures in the military field. This reply will be thoroughly studied, including with a view to determine the strategy for further possible actions.
Public comments on the matter are unlikely to make any difference at this point. We intend to act in accordance with a common diplomatic practice.
14 July 2016
The main feature of this NRC meeting was that military representatives took part in it for the first time after a long break. The conversation was open and frank: it was focused, mainly, on the consequences of NATO decisions to increase its military capabilities and military activity on the Eastern flank for the European and regional security. We consider these measures groundless, excessive and counterproductive. They are of a confrontational nature, they weaken European and regional security, bring us back to the Cold war schemes of ensuring security. Russia does not pose a threat to the members of the Alliance. We are not interested in the confrontational model of coexistence imposed on us. It contradicts fundamental security interests of the Europeans and the goals of shaping the European security without “dividing lines”.  NATO is not adapting to a new security environment, but, in fact, by its decisions is creating such a new environment, forcing us, by its actions, to adapt our military posture to this new security situation. It is, by no means, our choice. But we certainly will do our best to ensure our security.
11 July 2016
"NATO should be aware that the counterbalancing operation will require steps to create the balance we used to have before NATO’s attempts to create a counter potential at the borders that are now already NATO’s borders".
"Indeed, these decisions do not match [the Russia-NATO Founding Act]. "We are dealing with a significant change in the military-political situation. There is no parity of forces which used to exist before all the latest NATO preparations".
"Four battalions are only part of NATO efforts, which also include a US initiative of building confidence in Europe".
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