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Thursday, February 22, 2018

NATO is counting on constructive cooperation with Russia

Countries-members of NATO adopted at the summit in Warsaw the final Declaration. It contains a paragraph on cooperation with Russia, once Moscow’s actions will make it possible. Also, the Alliance expressed its readiness to discuss with Moscow its missile defense system, and even to adapt this program to the case of reducing the threat of proliferation of ballistic missiles. At the same time NATO holds Russia responsible for the decrease in stability and increase unpredictability.

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At the NATO summit in Warsaw, countries-members of the Alliance have adopted a final communiqué.

It argues that block does not represent threat to any country, and in this respect NATO is ready to dialogue with Russia in order to reduce the risk of military incidents.

“We continue to strive for constructive relations with Russia, when Russia’s actions will make this possible”, — reads the statement of state and government of NATO countries.

The Alliance also remains committed to the open door policy and is preparing to welcome Montenegro as a new member.

The communiqué emphasizes that the decisions of the summit are fully consistent with international obligations and cannot be considered as a violation of the act Russia-NATO. Earlier it was reported that the Alliance decided on the deployment of military forces in the Baltic countries and Poland. The Declaration places the responsibility on the actions and policies of Russia, which according to NATO has reduced stability and increased unpredictability, and also changed the situation in terms of security. NATO believes that kept its commitments, and Russia has violated the values, principles and understandings.

The Declaration also decides that NATO will remain a nuclear Alliance as long as nuclear weapons exist.

With regard to the missile defense system, the communique says – it can be adapted if it will decrease the risk of proliferation of ballistic missiles. Moreover, the Alliance expressed readiness to discuss with Russia our missile defense system if Moscow would be ready.

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