23 September 2015
Q: What are your assessments of the current state of the European security architecture?
A: Unfortunately, some partners have the ability to reinterpret history and  open new pages in it, ignoring the contribution of Russia in dismantling the material heritage of the confrontation era. Public opinion in the West is made to believe that in the area of security - be it in NATO or in the EU (the latter, as you know, has started working on its new security strategy) - the factor of Russia as a ''risk'' for the West needs to be taken into account. There are those who directly call our country a threat. Some high-ranking NATO generals say that the Alliance has three challenges: Russia, radicalism and refugees.
It is clear that such attempts to demonize Russia are doomed to failure. First of all, because they do not reflect the real security situation, they go counter the need to join efforts in resolving global problems, which the international community faces today. Any project which aims to create islands of security, be it Europe locked in the EU or Euroatlantic community relying on NATO instruments, is not viable.
12 September 2015
Question: How do you assess the position of a number of foreign partners regarding flights over their airspace to deliver humanitarian aid to Syria from Russia?

Answer: We have recently commented on the position of Bulgarian authorities who have unreasonably prohibited Russian planes carrying humanitarian cargoes for Syria’s civilians from crossing Bulgaria’s airspace.

In contrast, it is the clear and unambiguous position of Greece that stands out. Despite external attempts to influence Athens to revoke the permission on the flights over the Greek airspace granted by Athens on August 31, 2015, the Greek authorities did not give in to the pressure and refused to reconsider their decision. We value the Greek partners’ principal stance and caring attitude towards our bilateral relations, which have always been based on respect for mutual interests and strict compliance with the international law. Athens’ position is a testament of its deep understanding of a complicated humanitarian situation in Syria.
10 September 2015
Discussions in Sweden on joining NATO

We have noticed the Swedish public’s renewed and heightened interest in joining NATO.

We note a consistent tendency to persuade the Swedish public  that there is no alternative, in terms of national security. The initiators of this campaign are both a number of Swedish politicians and NATO emissaries that have been paying increasingly frequent visits to the country, as well as some mercenary security policy experts.

Russia’s attitude to this issue is well known. We have repeatedly stated that the choice of a national defence and security strategy is each country’s internal and sovereign affair. However, we continue to regard Sweden’s policy of non-involvement in military blocs as an important factor in the stability of northern Europe. Clearly, its accession to the North Atlantic alliance would have military-political and foreign policy implications that would require the necessary response from Russia.
3 September 2015
"It is evident that the opening of NATO force integration units in six Eastern-European countries anchors the turn of NATO military machine to counter "the phantom threat from the East". This decision which is part of NATO efforts to strengthen its eastern flank will feed an artificially created confrontation climate in relations with Russia. It runs counter to genuine interests of the European and regional security which can only be ensured on an equal and collective basis. This will also fuel a tendency towards the creation of dividing lines in Europe.
Whatever the claims are that this step does not contradict the Russia-NATO Founding Act, it is destructive. It testifies to the fact that NATO is being overruled by those forces that would like to make irreversible the return of the Alliance "back to the basics" - i.e. to the task of "deterring" Russia. This is a dead-end track which would lead to fomenting tensions in the logic of the "cold war"
Permanent Representative
Alexander V. GRUSHKO
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