Sitemap

Russia Suspends Its Mission To NATO

CorD Charity Masters Held At The Belgrade Marathon

Traditional humanitarian run CorD Charity Masters was...

Novak Djokovic Wins His First Title Of The Year And Sixth In Rome

World number one Novak Djokovic boosted his...

Brussels: Leaders Of The Western Balkans Reaffirm Commitment To EU Path

EU Foreign Minister Josep Borrell reiterated at...

EC: Serbia’s Growth Is 3.4 % This Year, In The EU Eurozone 2.7 %

The European Commission forecasts growth of Serbia's gross domestic product of 3.4 per cent this year and 3.8 per...

Baerbock: Brussels Must Keep Its Promise Of EU Membership To The Western Balkans

On the eve of the EU Council of Foreign Ministers in Brussels, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock pointed out...

Finland And Sweden Confirm Intention To Join NATO

The leaders of Finland and Sweden have confirmed they intend to join Nato, signifying a historic Nordic policy shift...

Ethiopians Feisa And Tzekole Are Winners Of The Belgrade Marathon

Ethiopian Mulgeta Birhanu Feisa and his compatriot Tsedal Tzekole are the winners of the jubilee 35th Belgrade Marathon. Feisa ran...

CorD Charity Masters Held At The Belgrade Marathon

Traditional humanitarian run CorD Charity Masters was held on 15th May as a part of the 35th Belgrade Marathon. This...

The Kremlin is also closing the alliance’s liaison mission in Moscow. The announcement comes after NATO expelled eight members of the Russian mission to the military alliance.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Monday that his country is suspending its mission to NATO.

What did Lavrov say?

He said the move was a response to the expulsion of eight Russian staff at the military alliance’s mission last week. NATO said the individuals expelled were in fact “undeclared Russian intelligence officers.” The expulsions meant that half of the Moscow team were prohibited from working at NATO’s Brussels headquarters.

“As a result of NATO’s deliberate moves, we have practically no conditions for elementary diplomatic work and in response to NATO’s actions we suspend the work of our permanent mission to NATO, including the work of the chief military envoy,” said the foreign minister.

Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, DW video printscreen

Lavrov, who complained that “NATO is neither interested in an equal dialogue nor in cooperation,” said staff at Russia’s NATO military mission in Moscow would also be stripped of their accreditation from November 1. If needed, he said, NATO could interact with Russia via its embassy in Brussels, Russian news agencies reported.

In response to the Monday announcement, a NATO spokesperson said: “We have taken note of Minister Lavrov’s comments to the media, however, we have not received any official communication on the issues he raised.” 

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told DW that Russia’s decision to shutter its NATO mission make relations with Moscow more difficult. “We must acknowledge more and more that Russia no longer seems to be [willing to cooperate],” said Maas, who called the decision “more than just regrettable … It will seriously damage the relationship.”

Heiko Maas, German Foreign Minister, DW video printcreen

In assessing the situation, former senior NATO official Jamie Shea told DW: “Of course, it’s easier if there are people in Brussels that they [NATO] could talk to. But given the poor state of the relationship, this does not make a major difference.

Shea, who served as deputy assistant secretary general for emerging security challenges at NATO until retiring in 2018, added: “These are two sides that haven’t really been talking to each other very much — certainly not at the working level. And of course, as Russia shows no sign of withdrawing from Crimea anytime soon — which was NATO’s condition to return to normal relations — this situation is likely to continue for a long time to come.”

What is the current state of NATO-Russia ties?

Practical cooperation between Russia and NATO was suspended in 2014, in response to Moscow’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula. Nevertheless, the two have maintained open channels of communication to facilitate high-level military-to-military coordination.

The so-called NATO-Russia Council, too, has seldom met since relations between Russia and the West soured in the wake of Russian provocations, including its activities in Ukraine, its nuclear missile deployment, regular encroachments into NATO airspace and the harassment of NATO ships at sea.

Source: dw.com, js/rt (AP, Reuters, AFP)

Related Articles

Finland And Sweden Confirm Intention To Join NATO

The leaders of Finland and Sweden have confirmed they intend to join Nato, signifying a historic Nordic policy shift triggered by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine that...

Ukraine Negotiates With West On Use Of Frozen Russian Assets

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal says that the Ukrainian authorities are negotiating with the United States and other Western countries on the use of...

Guterres Asks To Visit Moscow And Kyiv

The Office of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres delivered separate letters to the permanent missions of Russia and Ukraine to the UN, with the...

Serbia And Russia To Maintain Traditional Friendship

Serbian president Aleksandar Vučić spoke with H.E. Aleksandar Botsan-Kharchenko, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation, the president's office announced. The press release says that Vučić...

H.E. Christopher Hill: USA Support Serbia’s NATO Membership

The American ambassador to Serbia, Christopher Hill, said that it was up to Serbia and its citizens to determine their own security and safety...

Anthony Blinken: Ukraine War Far From Over

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken thinks the war in Ukraine is far from over, despite the withdrawal of Russian troops from the vicinity...

Finland Launches Public Debate On NATO Membership

Finland has launched a public debate that could lead to the country's application for NATO membership within a few weeks, reports the BBC. A report...

Ukraine Officially Terminates Trade With Russia

Ukrainian authorities have officially banned all imports from Russia, one of its key pre-war trading partners with annual imports worth about six billion dollars,...