ButLlans pointed to Russia’s “hybrid actions” against NATO member states, but at the same time declared its commitment to dialogue. NATO confirmed its intention to review the strategic concept and not to deploy nuclear missiles in Europe
NATO leaders at a meeting in Brussels
Russia should exclude the United States and the Czech Republic from the list of “unfriendly countries”. This is stated in the final statement of NATO, adopted at the end of the summit held in Brussels.
“We call on Russia to reverse the definition of the Czech Republic and the United States as ‘unfriendly countries’ and to refrain from any other steps inconsistent with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, ” the document says.
The leaders of the countries of the North Atlantic Alliance believe that Russia has stepped up its hybrid actions against its NATO partners. Among them, they named attempts to interfere in the elections, “political and economic pressure”, cyber attacks, as well as “illegal and destructive actions of the Russian special services on the territory of the allied countries”. The Russian side has repeatedly denied these accusations.
Due to Russia’s non-compliance with international obligations, military cooperation between the parties was terminated, but the alliance is open for political dialogue, NATO said. « We & lt;…”We are ready to cooperate on the basis of reciprocity in the NRC (the Russia-NATO Council) in order to avoid misunderstandings, miscalculations and unintentional escalation and to increase transparency and predictability,” the statement said.
The document notes that the North Atlantic Alliance will support new negotiations between Russia and the United States on strategic stability, arms control and prospects for further disarmament.
The summit participants also reported that they had agreed to develop a new strategic concept for the alliance. As previously stated in the White House, it will be revised due to the “aggressive policy” of Russia and challenges from China.
In addition, the alliance said in a statement, NATO does not intend to deploy its ground-based nuclear missiles in Europe. Defense News previously called it a way to defuse political tensions ahead of U.S. President Joe Biden’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on June 16 in Geneva.
On May 14, the Russian authorities added the Czech Republic and the United States to the list of “unfriendly countries”, which restricts the embassy of the state that has fallen into it from entering into employment contracts with individuals from Russia. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov explained that these states have taken the “most rabid position in the confrontation”with the Russian side, and admitted that in the future the list may be expanded.
Washington and Prague were included in this list amid a diplomatic conflict with Moscow. In April, the United States announced new sanctions against Russia, including the expulsion of ten Russian diplomats. Among them, according to Washington, were employees of the Russian special services. After that, a number of Russian diplomats alsothe Czech Republic, Poland and the Baltic states were expelled. In particular, the Czech Republic said that among the employees of the diplomatic mission were representatives of the special services, and they also suspected Russian intelligence of involvement in the explosions in Vrbetice in 2014. Russia responded by expelling a number of diplomats from these countries. The Czech Foreign Ministry called the accusations absurd.
The European Union called on Russia to reconsider the decision to create a list of foreign states that commit unfriendly actions against Moscow. The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrel, said that Russia’s accusations against the United States and the Czech Republic are unfounded and can lead to further deterioration of relations. The Russian Foreign Ministry, in turn, said that there are no grounds for revising this list.