Russia Suspends NATO Information Office in Moscow 

NATO previously confirmed that it had revoked the accreditation of eight employees of the Russian mission to the bloc and reduced the number of accreditations for the country to ten. In response, the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, announced on Monday that Russia has suspended the operation of NATO’s information office in Moscow, Sputnik reports.  

“In response to NATO’s actions, we are suspending the work of our permanent mission in the alliance, including the work of the chief military representative. Probably, as of November 1, or it will take a few more days,” Lavrov said.

He added that Russia is suspending the activities of the NATO military mission in Moscow, with the accreditation of its employees due to be revoked from 1 November 2021.

“The activities of the NATO information office in Moscow, which was established at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium, are being terminated,” the Minister stated.

In turn, the NATO Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg, stressed that the alliance remains open for dialogue with Moscow and will continue to call for a meeting as part of the NATO-Russia Council.

However, the decision of the Russian government didn’t come in one day. Statements about the “Russian threat” are periodically voiced by Western politicians. Russia has repeatedly stated that it is not going to attack anyone, and statements about “Russian aggression” are used as an excuse to place more NATO military equipment near Russian borders.

Ru-Main, 19.10.2021
Source: RIA Novosti 

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