The Russian Deputy Defense Minister, Alexander Fomin, has stated that NATO is “preparing” for a “large-scale” conflict with Moscow and has stated that the bloc has identified the country for years as “the main source of threat.”
“The bloc’s military organization has been completely reoriented towards preparing for a large-scale, high-intensity armed conflict against Russia,” said MIF during a briefing for military attachés and representatives of embassies in Moscow.
Thus, he recalled that the Declaration of Rome still stands, where “it is determined that Russia and the Atlantic Alliance they are not considered adversaries “and he added that this position” was confirmed at the Russia-NATO Council Summit in 2010 in Lisbon. ”
“Every year, NATO conducts 30 great exercises in which they develop scenarios to carry out military operations against Russia, “he said, before openly criticizing the increase in maneuvers in the Black Sea, as reported by the Russian news agency Sputnik.
“Recently, the Atlantic Alliance has moved to the practice of direct provocations associated with a high risk of going into an armed confrontation“, he warned, before influencing that a British destroyer entered Russian territorial waters in June.
Along these lines, it has targeted a 60 percent increase in reconnaissance aircraft flights in the Black Sea with regard to 2020 and has specified that “in Eastern Europe the presence of some 13,000 soldiers from states of the bloc that do not belong to the region is permanently maintained.”
The MIF has further argued that over the past six years NATO’s military spending grew 31 percent, with total spending among all its member states more than 18 times higher than that of Russia, while blaming the “unfortunate” state of relations between Moscow and the bloc to the use of “hybrid methods“by the Alliance.
On the other hand, he has ensured that the deterioration of relations began before the annexation of Crimea on the part of Russia in 2014 and has defended that “since the end of the Cold War, Russia has repeatedly tried to find new ways of interaction with NATO, to create for all a stable and equitable European security system”.
“It would be wrong to believe that the deterioration of relations between Russia and NATO began in 2014,” he valued, before emphasizing that the bloc has ignored the interests of Moscow and refuses to dialogue. “The talks between 2016 and 2021 showed that the Alliance is not ready for a serious conversation between the military,” he said.
In this way, he has stated that the block “avoids making specific decisions on de-escalation and consistently rejects any Russian initiative “and has argued that the refusal to coordinate actions with Russia was one of the reasons for the” fiasco “that” NATO suffered in Afghanistan. ”
The MIF’s words came a day after Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Riabkov warned that there is a real threat of a new missile crisis and called for Moscow’s proposals on security guarantees to be taken into account. , given the increase in tensions with U.S and NATO.