NATO announced on Monday that it has not received any official notifications from Russia yet on the mutual suspension of diplomatic missions in Brussels and Moscow.
“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,” the NATO Press Office said in response to TASS’ request to comment on Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s statement.
The Russian Embassy in Belgium, which will be tasked with all communication with NATO according to the Foreign Minister, refrained from commenting.
“All necessary statements have already been voiced by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko today,” the Embassy said.
Lavrov affirmed that Moscow was suspending the work of its official mission to NATO in Brussels, including its military representative from around November 1.
“NATO has already greatly reduced its contacts with our mission,” the minister said, adding that the alliance is “not interested in dialogue and work as equals”.
“We see no reason to pretend that any change is possible in the foreseeable future,” he pointed out.
The announcement came as relations with the Western military bloc plunged to new depths after NATO expelled several members of Russia’s delegation to the alliance for alleged spying.