Amidst aggressive military movements and developments on both Russian and NATO sides, Russia is saying that it work with the NATO alliance when it comes to security throughout Europe.
Following the latest Russia-NATO Council held after the NATO summit in Warsaw, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday, “We are ready for a serious joint work on issues of military political security in the Euro-Atlantic zone and, naturally, in Europe. We are ready to bring closer our potentials to find answers to real, not deliberately created threats.”
At the same time, Lavrov pointed out that NATO’s current military expansion along Russian borders does not do anything for the eradication of terrorism in the region.
Recently, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed that the alliance shall be deploying four multinational battalions into the Baltic regions, which will be lead by the U.S., UK, Germany and Canada.
Lavrov insisted that NATO’s military advancements “in no way promotes cooperation in combating terrorism and in other areas.”
Meanwhile, Russian news agency TASS reports that Lavrov expressed willingness to work with NATO and the rest of Europe towards “common strategic interests.” Nonetheless, the foreign minister stressed that even if they are willing to cooperate, the interests of Russia would always come first. “I want to stress that Russia will always be able to defend its interests and ensure the security of its citizens.”
On the other hand, the U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa recently said that it will be conducting an annual military exercise in the Black Sea known as Sea Breeze. The event is co-hosted by Ukraine and the U.S. and will see 2,300 personnel from as much as 13 countries taking part. Among them are Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Lithuania, Italy, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Ukraine, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
There is no reaction yet from Russia regarding Sea Breeze 2016 at this time.