After Expulsion of Russian Diplomats From NATO Prospects to Improve Relations Almost Nulled 

NATO’s decision to reduce the number of the Moscow delegation’s members makes the job of diplomacy much harder at a time when mutual suspicion is already growing high, as stated by the Russian President’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov.  

Peskov noted that forcing Russia to bring home eight envoys from its permanent mission to NATO’s headquarters in Brussels undermines the bloc’s commitment to build relationships between the countries and encourage effective dialogue.

“There is an obvious contradiction in the statements of NATO representatives about the desire to normalize relations with our country and their real actions,” Peskov stated.

He stressed that such actions do not allow the Russian side to pretend there is a possibility of normalizing relations and resuming dialogue with NATO.

“Instead, these prospects are undermined almost completely,” Peskov concluded.

The decision to expel the diplomats came on Wednesday, when NATO decided to dismiss eight of the country’s representatives in Brussels from their posts following alleged undisclosed espionage.

“NATO’s unwillingness to cooperate has become definitively and irrevocably obvious. We will proceed from this when working out response measures, and they will follow,” Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson, Maria Zakharova, promised.

According to the bloc’s Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg, at a press conference in Brussels following a meeting of the NATO Council, “the decision is not related to any specific events” except the fact that the bloc has “seen an increase in Russian malicious activity for some time”.

Ru-Main, 08.10.2021
Source: RT 

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