NATO’s recently held summit is not helping things as members agree on security measures to deal with threats, putting “Russian aggression” in the spotlight. Moreover, the decision has also prompted Russia to launch an attack on NATO to counter its statements and planned measures against it.
NATO vs. Russia
“There is an arc of insecurity and instability along NATO’s periphery and beyond. The Alliance faces a range of security challenges and threats that originate both from the east and from the south; from state and non-state actors; from military forces and from terrorist, cyber, or hybrid attacks,” NATO said in a statement.
“Russia’s aggressive actions, including provocative military activities in the periphery of NATO territory and its demonstrated willingness to attain political goals by the threat and use of force, are a source of regional instability, fundamentally challenge the Alliance, have damaged Euro-Atlantic security, and threaten our long-standing goal of a Europe whole, free, and at peace.”
However, Russia has attacked NATO’s decision, saying that the alliance has been creating a mythical threat and that it instead should focus on the threat in the South.
Russia Attacks NATO
According to Xinhua, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that NATO and the United States are resulting to intentional actions that are creating shifts and rifts the balance of force. This also included strong arming the execution of U.S./NATO anti-missile plans in Europe.
Zakharova said that the alliance has been focusing on a threat from the East that does not exist. NATO’s focus should be over keeping the peace and stability in Europe, including fighting modern challenges and real threat. She also urged the alliance to unite international players to fight these threats.
“We expect NATO’s detailed explanations regarding its enforcement in all directions during the upcoming Russia-NATO Council’s meeting at the level of permanent representatives due July 13,” the spokeswoman said.