NATO’s Buildup In Black Sea Could Lead To Cold War, Russian Envoy Says

“All these decisions will be subject of thorough analysis. … And, undoubtedly, we will take all necessary measures to properly safeguard Russia’s national interests in this region,” Alexander Grushko, the Russian envoy to NATO, said.

“The danger lies in the fact that [NATO] is expected to increase not only the spending but also significantly increase the purchase of arms,” Grushko reportedly said. “If these plans will be implemented, we may find ourselves in the situation of a Cold War, when the military planning, aimed at countering a ‘large enemy’ would generate respective policies.”

The envoy also noted that Russia is likely to lose interest in a dialogue with NATO “if it does not promote the restoration of bilateral cooperation.”

NATO sent additional troops to the Baltic states and Poland last month and it is looking to boost its southeastern border around the Black Sea. The bloc also plans to improve intelligence gathering to counter Russia’s alleged growing assertion in the region. However, NATO chief Stoltenberg maintained that the move is not meant to provoke Russia.

Source: Angola Press News Agency