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.