Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
30th December, 2015
The Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in an exclusive interview to the TV channel “Star” said that Russia has no plans to send troops to the territory of countries who are members of NATO.
“I’m sure everyone understands that no tanks or Armed Forces of the Russian Federation will enter the territory of NATO members, none of this is even being considered”, – said Lavrov.
The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry commented on the attitude to Russia towards the Baltic States and Eastern Europe. According to him, the United States claimed that the Baltic and Eastern European countries will calm down only when they join the Alliance. However, Lavrov said, that did not happen.
Lavrov said that new members of the Alliance began to use its membership for regular attacks on Russia.
“Since becoming members of NATO, they behave quite differently: they use this membership to come on and attack us via their constant rhetoric. I think they just used their hysterical position against Russia and attempted to represent the will of the people of Crimea as if our aggressive aspirations to NATO have moved to these frontiers”, – said Lavrov.
In addition, the head of the Russian foreign Ministry said that Washington is opposed by all means to the establishment of Europe’s own military forces.