Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko announced that Russia will move to “counter deterrence” policies towards the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) if the alliance follows Russia’s deterrence policy.
“If NATO moves to a policy of deterrence, this means that there will be a policy of counter-deterrence on our part,” Grushko said after the meeting of the Russia-NATO Council in Brussels.
The Russian diplomat warned that the subsequent deterioration of the situation could lead to “unpredictable, dire consequences” for European security.
“We have a set of legitimate military-technical measures that we will use if we feel a real danger to our security, and we feel it now, as they view our territory as the target of offensive means,” Grushko stressed.
He continued, “Of course, we cannot accept that. We will take all necessary measures to confront the danger by military means if political means do not succeed.”
He pointed out that NATO considers Russia its “main opponent and main danger,” which Moscow rejects.
Grushko stressed that “NATO expansion will not solve any issues in the field of security, and it will not remove the dividing lines, but rather move them in the same direction in which NATO is expanding.”
He noted that the continued expansion of NATO “is linked to the risks that will be greater than the benefits of any decision on expansion.”
He indicated that NATO takes a “selective position” on the principle of “indivisible security,” stressing that this principle must take into account the interests of all, and that attempts to build security without Russia or against Russia are doomed to failure.
He recalled that the United States and its allies seek to achieve hegemony in all operational fields, that is, on land, in the air, at sea, in space, and in the cyber domain.