Less than three weeks after NATO determined to kick eight envoys from Moscow out of the army bloc’s headquarters in Brussels, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has slammed the present bilateral relationship as non-existent.
On Monday, chatting with the press in Norway following talks together with his counterpart Anniken Huitfeldt, Lavrov acknowledged that Russia and the US-led bloc not have any communication in any respect.
“I wouldn’t call the relations between Russia and NATO catastrophic because to be catastrophic you have to have at least something,” he defined.
However, Lavrov famous that Moscow has good relations bilaterally with some particular person NATO nations, together with the nation he was visiting.
“We have relations with Norway, including in the security sphere. And, in addition to regular security consultations, we would like to start them at a high level between the defense ministries,” he defined, whereas additionally inviting Huitfeldt to Moscow.
Last week, Lavrov revealed that Moscow would droop its mission to NATO from the beginning of November, after the bloc determined to withdraw accreditation from eight staff of the Russian illustration, for alleged espionage.
Speaking to the press final Tuesday on the annual assembly of the Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi, Lavrov claimed that NATO, not Russia, is in charge for the worsening relationship.
“We didn’t start the deterioration of relations, either with NATO, or with the European Union, or with any country in the West or any other region of the world,” Lavrov mentioned.
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