Introduction

Recently, NATO has been publicly promoting a simplified "black and white" picture of the history of complicated relations between the Alliance and Russia, accusing Russia of "myth-making" about NATO's "impeccable" actions.

NATO has regularly updated its fact sheets with a view to persuade the public that only NATO has been strengthening European security and stability without any critical self-evaluation of its actions and hard lessons of the military operations in the Balkans, in Afghanistan and Libya. But most importantly, perhaps, there have been no proposals about ways to promote a positive agenda which would allow to overcome current highly risky tendencies in the military-political situation on the continent. The efforts undertaken by the Russian Federation to strengthen the security architecture in the Euro-Atlantic area have been silenced.

We suggest looking into the situation in an unbiased way with a view to understand what actually happened in the last decade in the Euro-Atlantic area and envisage ways to break the spiral of current military-political tensions and restore stability in our common region. Welfare of the peoples and citizens of our countries depends on what path will be chosen.

Here is a brief summary of facts.
7 May 2015
Ladies and gentlemen,
Today, here in Volgograd, we are witnessing a notable day. We regularly meet with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Germany, Russia and the capitals of other countries, as well as on the sidelines of international events. However, today’s meeting is special. I’m very pleased that together with my colleague and friend, we are in Volgograd on May 7, just before a great holiday, the Day of Victory over Nazism and the end of World War II in Europe.
We paid tribute to those who fell in the Battle of Stalingrad, laid wreaths on Mamayev Kurgan and visited a memorial to the fallen Soviet and German soldiers in Rossoshki. There is no need to say how emotional and moving all of this is. We will not forget what we saw on Stalingrad soil. Here, we have an especially acute sense of responsibility before future generations and an awareness of the need to do all we can to ensure that such tragedies are never repeated in the history of humankind.
Naturally, we also took advantage of this opportunity to discuss various bilateral issues, the international agenda, and the situation in Europe. The situation is far from calm and is not developing in a positive scenario. Therefore, we attach special importance to the promotion of the dialogue between Moscow and Berlin, and are pinning high hopes on the talks planned in the course of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Moscow on May 10.
27 April 2015
Question: Could you please comment on the meeting between NATO First Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow and head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Filaret, at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on April 22, where they discussed plans to assist the modernisation and reform of the Ukrainian armed forces to strengthen the country's defence capability?
Alexander Lukashevich: Moscow noted the recent media reports about NATO First Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow’s contact with the head of the so-called non-canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate.
It seems that the Alliance has realised the futility of its "conventional" steps to unleash massive anti-Russian propaganda, and is ready to step over any moral or ethical standards, now intruding into the spiritual realm and shamelessly capitalising on believers’ feelings. At the same time, the objective religious realities are being openly ignored.
22 April 2015
Question: Why does Russia refuse to recognise Novorossiya, given that it was Lenin who gave this region to Ukraine? Is it possible that Russia will recognise it at some point?
Sergey Lavrov: Novorossiya is a fairly vague term.
Question: The Donetsk and Lugansk republics.
Sergey Lavrov: That’s more specific. We operate on the premise that the Ukrainians are our close neighbours and a brotherly nation. We want the people who live next to our borders and who we are well disposed to, to live well. In order for this to happen, Ukraine must remain united. I’m not talking about Crimea – it’s a completely different issue. President Putin has repeatedly explained the reasons why this happened. The main reason – I’ll make a small digression – was the inability of our Western partners, who acted as guarantors of the agreement signed on February 21, 2014, to force the then Ukrainian opposition to keep its word and live up to its commitment to create a government of national unity.
16 April 2015
Mr Shoigu, Mr Patrushev, colleagues, and friends,
The Moscow conference, organised by the Russian Defence Ministry, has firmly established itself as an important platform for an open and constructive exchange of opinions on key aspects of global security. This conversation is highly relevant, taking into account the ongoing buildup of forces of instability and conflict in international relations.
I would like to cite one quotation: “There can be no middle ground here. We shall have to take the responsibility for world collaboration, or we shall have to bear the responsibility for another world conflict.” These words were delivered by US President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1945. I believe that they formulated one of the main lessons of the most devastating global conflict in history: it is only possible to meet common challenges and preserve the peace through collective, joint efforts based on respect for the legitimate interests of all partners.
Permanent Representative
Alexander V. GRUSHKO
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