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NATO’s eastward expansion destabilizes Europe – Kremlin

Published time: June 04, 2014 12:14
Edited time: June 04, 2014 14:45
A Polish soldier stands near U.S. and Poland's national flags and a NATO flag as the first company-sized contingent of about 150 U.S. paratroopers from the U.S. Army's 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team based in Italy arrived to participate in training exercises with the Polish army in Swidwin, northern west Poland April 23, 2014. (Reuters/Kacper Pempel)

A Polish soldier stands near U.S. and Poland's national flags and a NATO flag as the first company-sized contingent of about 150 U.S. paratroopers from the U.S. Army's 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team based in Italy arrived to participate in training exercises with the Polish army in Swidwin, northern west Poland April 23, 2014. (Reuters/Kacper Pempel)

The head of the Russian presidential administration has attacked NATO expansion towards Russia's borders and dismissed the possibility of Russian aggression against its neighbors.

There are some security problems of equal concern to Russia and to NATO member states. But these problems exist outside the European continent, and have no relation to European security whatsoever. Thus, the eastward expansion of the NATO infrastructure is, in my view, of an openly destabilizing nature and has no relation to the real security problems in Europe,” Sergey Ivanov was quoted as saying on Wednesday by the Interfax news agency.

Is it possible that anyone seriously thought that Russia was readying for aggression? Such ideas are used either as a psychological ploy or an invented justification for the infrastructure transfer towards our borders,” the official told the press.

Ivanov added that he saw no sense in such actions and described them as “not politics, but intrigues.”

Any statements about the need to strengthen the eastern borders of the NATO bloc inevitably create problems for Russia-NATO relations, which is especially sad given that these relations have not been bad in recent years,” the top Kremlin official said.

Ivanov also told reporters that the most urgent task for today was the creation of “humanitarian corridors” - safe evacuation routes for civilians in the east and south east of Ukraine who currently suffer from military attacks ordered by the Kiev authorities. He said the routes were necessary so that non-combatants, first of all women, children and elderly people, could come to Russia where they can receive asylum and help.

On Wednesday the governor of South Russia’s Rostov region stated that he was considering declaring an emergency situation because of the influx of Ukrainian refugees fleeing the combat zones.The governor also told the press that he expected to get additional support for the region to handle the refugees, including some material help from the Emergencies Ministry.

Comments (81)

 

Hereward 09.08.2014 21:13

Smiler Smile 09.06.2014 12:20

Im uk. English. For me, I do not want to be in the EU. or at war with Russia, Its like England and Scotland if there was fighting, you dont want everyone involved and everything being frozen. My government sucks. The sooner they are gone the better. Id have Mr Putin as our Pri minister anytime. England? What a joke. Were not english any more, we vend over backwards for anyone and let them do as they wish. But legit English folks do anything. No chance!!

  


I' m UK English too, and I agree with everything you just said

 

Karla 13.06.2014 16:37

Non agression from Russia shows intentions for solving the crissis with communication, not bloodshet. A great link of strength, President Putin will not take the bait. Salute!

 

Smiler Smile 09.06.2014 12:20

Im uk. English. For me, I do not want to be in the EU. or at war with Russia, Its like England and Scotland if there was fighting, you dont want everyone involved and everything being frozen. My government sucks. The sooner they are gone the better. Id have Mr Putin as our Pri minister anytime. England? What a joke. Were not english any more, we vend over backwards for anyone and let them do as they wish. But legit English folks do anything. No chance!!

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