Following the recent NATO summit in Warsaw, Russia has announced it is ready to respond to the alliance’s initiatives when it comes to reaching a possible agreement to avoid any military incidents in the future.
NATO has had several military incidents with Russia over the Baltic and Mediterranean Sea. Back in April, the U.S. Navy accused Russia of undertaking “unsafe and unprofessional” maneuvers as its fighter jets flew too close to the USS Donald Cook while the guided missile destroyer was conducting deck landing drills in international waters in the Baltic Sea.
Last month, Russia was found to have been sailing too close to aircraft carrier USS Gravely. At the same time, Russian spy ships were seen shadowing the U.S. Navy ships when it participated in a series military exercises in the Baltic Sea.
On Monday, Russian Permanent Representative to NATO Alexander Grushko remarked on state television, “Indeed, we heard NATO’s calls. We did not have objections. We even noted that we have bilateral agreements with more than 20 countries of the alliance. We are ready to further work to improve these agreements.”
Grushko also noted, however, that NATO is yet draw up an actual agreement between Russia and NATO. Nonetheless, Russia is reportedly open to a discussion.
To avoid future incidents, Russian news agency TASS reports that Grushko is eager to see if the plan of Finnish President Sauli Niinistö about using transponders while flying over the Baltic Sea. At the same time, he is keen to discuss the recent agreement in the Warsaw regarding a operation Sea Guardian in the Mediterranean.
On the other hand, Grushko pointed out that NATO’s decision to station four multinational battalions near its borders is against the Russia-NATO founding act.
“There is no parity of forces which used to exist before all the latest NATO preparations,” he said.