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2022-July-5  14:26

Moscow Slams NATO’s Decision to Identify Russia as Enemy

TEHRAN (FNA)- NATO’s decision to declare Moscow its enemy may escalate tensions and undermine security in Europe, and it also runs counter to the Russia-NATO Founding Act, the Russian Security Council secretary, Nikolay Patrushev, said on Tuesday.

"The US and its allies identified Russia, that has been fighting to defend its national interests and sovereignty, as their enemy, as seen in doctrinal documents, including those approved at NATO’s summit in Madrid," Patrushev stated, addressing a national security meeting in Russia’s Far East, TASS reported.

He recalled that the US and its satellites had refrained from a constructive dialogue with Russia in the sphere of strategic security and had completely rebuffed Moscow’s demands for security guarantees.

"NATO has been deploying its military infrastructure closer to our borders, and it has been ramping up military forces on its eastern flank. Decisions were made to accept Finland and Sweden into the alliance, and a new security pact, AUKUS, was launched," the Russian Security Council secretary added.

"These decisions and moves may not only escalate tensions and undermine European security, they also clearly run counter to the Russia-NATO Founding Act that is still valid de jure," he emphasized.

The leaders of NATO member states have approved the organization’s new Strategic Concept, on Wednesday, its Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced. The key document outlines the US-led bloc’s response to what members perceive as an increasing threat coming from Russia.

The policy blueprint was agreed during a two-day summit in the Spanish capital of Madrid. 

NATO blasted Russia for attacking Ukraine, claiming that the move “has shattered peace and gravely altered our security environment”. It claimed that a “strong, independent Ukraine” was vital for the stability of NATO members and accused Moscow of showing a “pattern … of aggressive actions” against the wider transatlantic community.

“We want to live in a world where sovereignty, territorial integrity, human rights and international law are respected and where each country can choose its own path, free from aggression, coercion or subversion,” the organization claimed.

While calling Russia the most significant and direct threat to its interests, NATO said “authoritarian actors” in general were challenging its positions. In particular, China was criticized for allegedly using “its economic leverage to create strategic dependencies and enhance its influence".

“The deepening strategic partnership between the People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation and their mutually reinforcing attempts to undercut the rules-based international order run counter to our values and interests,” the document said.

NATO leaders called the bloc “unique, essential and indispensable” and pledged to work together to secure its technological edge and cohesion in the face of adversaries.