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.