Russian Defense Minister did not believe in a dual policy of NATO towards Russia

13 Dec

Министр обороны РФ Анатолий Сердюков. Архив




MOSCOW, December 13 – (KATAKAMI / RIA Novosti) — Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov did not believe in the authenticity of the publications on the site WikiLeaks, in particular, the issue of double-NATO policy towards Russia.

In earlier publications placed WikiLeaks said that NATO’s relations with Russia has not changed and that the organization still sees in Russia a potential enemy .

“We still hope that this publication is not untrue or would be, of course, that is what happened, although I understand that any deployment of troops near the border of Russia, of course, cause for concern … We will have to take some measures accordingly, appropriate to the measures being taken by one country or another, or, in general, the block in this case “- said Serdyukov on Monday, television channel Vesti-24.

The Minister stressed that the Lisbon summit, NATO adopted a strategic concept for NATO, which Russia really satisfied than those options that were considered before.

He recalled that after the events in South Ossetia in August of 2008 ended its relationship with NATO, although it was not our initiative. ” “We tried after all these events to build our relationships and restore them in full. This certainly relates to the exercise, joint activities and sea in the Gulf of Aden, and, of course, work with Afghanistan and so on. There are a whole range of issues that we have resumed, “- said Serdyukov.

He reiterated that, according to the Lisbon document, Russia is not a threat to NATO. “So we look at this document to be optimistic and believe that our relations will develop in a positive way,” – said Serdyukov.

The head of the Defense Ministry said that Russia is now going to work, directly related to threat assessment, including parts for missile defense.

“There may be an issue. We have long been working on ways to assess the threats and challenges that are actually worth, and to assess NATO’s and the evaluation of the Russian Federation. We are trying these positions still somehow pull together and understand and appreciate the reality of them, “- said Serdyukov.

At the same time, he acknowledged that Russia’s publishing WikiLeaks not have a big surprise. “We are realists, illusion, of course, do not suffer. And I said at the outset about the August events. After them, the more we all illusions vanished. We therefore precisely this attitude and we will respond accordingly,” – said Minister of Defence.

On the other hand, he expressed the hope that official Washington reacted to the publication WikiLeaks. “We would like to be some sort of denial about this.’s Official statement,” – said the minister.

So far, the U.S. State Department did not circulate the official statements about the recent publications WikiLeaks.  (*)

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