Moscow has been monitoring NATO’s military activities to figure out if they comply with the Russian-NATO Founding Act on Mutual Relations, Cooperation and Security, a senior Russian diplomat said at the general debate of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly. The statement was published on the Foreign Ministry’s website on Wednesday.
“Apart from placing more and more importance on nuclear weapons, NATO has also been relying on building up its military presence and activities along Russia’s borders citing a far-fetched necessity to “restrain Russia,” Director of the Armaments Non-Proliferation and Control Department at the Russian Foreign Ministry Mikhail Ulyanov said. “As a result, an unhealthy atmosphere has been emerging in Europe, fraught with growing military tension.”
“We will continue to monitor NATO’s activities keeping in mind the 1997 Russian-NATO Founding Act and in particular, its provision prohibiting the deployment of “significant combat troops” on member states’ territory,” the Russian diplomat noted.