1. Is it appropriate to talk about the revivial of the 'cold war'  in Russia-NATO relations?

Alexander Grushko: It would be more correct to say that NATO tries to pull us into the state of the 'cold war', inflating the myth of the 'threat from the East' and justifying the need for 'deterring' Russia. They impose security schemes of  the 'era of confrontation', molding the enemy image. Under this pretext, additional forces, logistics and armament are being deployed near our borders. The USA announced its intention to increase the budget with a view to  strengthen its military presence in Europe by 4 times – up to 3.4 bln dollars.
In Focus
8 February 2016
NATO should change its policy as it is impossible to maintain a dialogue when your country is seen as a threat to security, which should be contained.
As a matter of fact, NATO has shot itself in the foot when it cut practical cooperation in the zones of common interest. And we see it now watching migration waves swamping Europe and the developments in the Middle East and North Africa.
Suspension by NATO of the project on joint training of antidrug officers for Afghanistan "endangers not only public security in Russia but also directly impacts Europe’s security.
5 February 2016
Russian military department suggested its Western colleagues creating an advisory center in Amman (Jordan) in order to cooperate in Syria. The US refused. This was stated by Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov.

According to Anatoly Antonov, the Russian Defence Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu suggested a telephone conversation with Ashton Carter. This happened on January 19. The Russian defence department was indicated that such conversation was not a rational one.

He also reminded that Russia had suggested the USA and the coalition a “broad cooperation”, which included sharing information about target location in Syria, establishing communication channels and joint operations aimed to rescue pilots in case of emergency.
4 February 2016
It looks like the search campaigns for Russian submarines in the Swedish waters finally ran out of steam — new stories are needed. Such claims became traditional, particularly on the eve of high-level NATO events like now – right before Ministers’ of Defence meeting. This is part of the NATO aggressive propaganda campaign aimed at demonstrating that the Alliance is in need and justifying its policy of reconstructing «the iron curtain» in Europe, as well as the efforts by the Allies to increase their military capabilities and bring them closer to the Russian borders.
It is particularly strange to hear such claims when we do all possible to ensure transparency of our military activities. The military exercises are covered in the media; Russian Ministry of Defense holds special briefings, invites military attaches to attend, including from NATO countries.
14 January 2016
Question:  How could you comment on Western media reports that Russia’s updated National Security Strategy perceives NATO as a “threat” to Russian national security?

Maria Zakharova: These are unscrupulous speculations. It is our opinion that this amounts to attempts to deliberately distort the contents of the Russian Federation’s National Security Strategy and to exacerbate tensions in the already complicated Russia-NATO relations.

All one has to do is attentively read the text of this document in order to dismiss the above-mentioned allegations as groundless.
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