The NATO Secretary General has been actively making statements about Russia lately. To be noted, he is doing this confrontationally, diligently reproducing the rhetoric of “cold war” times. A recent example was the speech by Anders Fogh Rasmussen on the 8 April in Paris, at the seminar devoted to the transformation of NATO.

Constant accusations against usby the Secretary General, convince us that the organisation is attempting to use the crisis in Ukraine to “close the ranks” in the face of an imaginary external threat to NATO countries and to strengthen the demand for this organisation in the 21st century.

That is why they deliberately place the emphasis on the “growing militarisation of Russia”. Meantime, it should be noted that NATO’s military expenses today make up about half the world’s expenses, but the Russian military budget is at least 10 times smaller than the aggregate defence budgets of NATO countries.
7 April 2014
NATO has restricted extensive access to NATO Headquarters to all representatives of the Russian Permanent Mission to NATO as of Tuesday, April 8, NATO said in a statement published on its website.

“The formerly extensive access to NATO Headquarters will be denied to all representatives of the Russian Mission, except the Russian ambassador, his Deputy Head of Mission and two support staff. Should any other staff from the Russian Mission require access for official business, standard visitor rules will apply,” NATO said.

“That means that the staff member will have to be announced, registered and escorted during their visits. This still gives Russian diplomats a level of access to NATO Headquarters that was never granted by any Russian ministry or institution to NATO staff working in Moscow,” NATO’s release said.
7 April 2014
Those who want to return to Cold War times and attain tighter consolidation of the NATO states over Article 5 of the Treaty of Washington are taking upper hand in the alliance. Article 5 of the Treaty of Washington is the basis for NATO fundamental principle of collective defense.

“A too harsh response to our questions over AWACS flights, double intensity of air patrolling over the Baltic states, intensification of military and aircraft activity at an airbase in the Polish city of Lask, assistance to “the government of winners” in Kiev exposes fully the architects of this campaign,” Russian Ambassador to NATO Alexander Grushko told Kommersant daily, adding: “It looks like someone in NATO really believes that the alliance is a source of political legitimacy [as NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in his recent speech] and therefore any NATO actions are correct by definition and cannot be discussed."
7 April 2014
The profound and pervasive crisis in Ukraine is a matter of grave concern for Russia. We understand perfectly well the position of a country which became independent just over 20 years ago and still faces complex tasks in constructing a sovereign state. Among them is the search for a balance of interests among its various regions, the peoples of which have different historical and cultural roots, speak different languages and have different perspectives on their past and present, and their country's future place in the world.

Given these circumstances, the role of external forces should have been to help Ukrainians protect the foundations of civil peace and sustainable development, which are still fragile. Russia has done more than any other country to support the independent Ukrainian state, including for many years subsidising its economy through low energy prices. Last November, at the outset of the current crisis, we supported Kiev's wish for urgent consultations between Ukraine, Russia and the EU to discuss harmonising the integration process. Brussels flatly rejected it. This stand reflected the unproductive and dangerous line the EU and US have been taking for a long time. They have been trying to compel Ukraine to make a painful choice between east and west, further aggravating internal differences.
Ukraine's realities notwithstanding, massive support was provided to political movements promoting western influence, and it was done in direct breach of the Ukrainian constitution. This is what happened in 2004, when President Viktor Yushchenko won an unconstitutional third round of elections introduced under EU pressure. This time round, power in Kiev was seized undemocratically, through violent street protests conducted with the direct participation of ministers and other officials from the US and EU countries.
3 April 2014
Ladies and Gentlemen,

We have conducted another session of the CSTO Foreign Ministers Council, which was held in a constructive and trustworthy atmosphere and was quite substantial. We exchanged opinions on topical problems of regional and international security, primarily in the area of the Organisation’s responsibilities and in adjacent regions.

We paid special attention to the reinforcement of foreign policy coordination within the framework of the CSTO. The documents, which we have approved today, will contribute to this: The Plan of consultations of representatives of member states of the organisation on foreign policy, security and defence issues for the second half of 2014 – first half of 2015 (the Plan includes more than twenty measures) and the List of topics for joint statements of the CSTO member states in the UN, the OSCE and other forums. About ten topics have been agreed, on which a document for joint presentation to the respective multilateral structures will be prepared.

Today the ministers have already adopted a Statement on Afghanistan, which is devoted to the situation in that country, which is located in the immediate vicinity of the CSTO’s area of responsibility. On the eve of the forthcoming presidential elections in Afghanistan, the day after tomorrow, at stake there are our assessments of the situation and laying down further steps with regard to the growth of threats, primarily the drug threat, from the Afghan territory and risks related thereto or international and regional stability.

The heads of state set the tasks to manage these risks and neutralise thethreats in their decisions. Today we have made an additional step to promote our approach, which consists in a foreign policy accompaniment of practical actions, which are being undertaken in the military and technical areas to ensure security of member states of the Organisation with regard to the growth of threats from Afghanistan.
Permanent Representative
Alexander V. GRUSHKO
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