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Marianna Mkrtchyan

Lavrov at  OSCE: There is no any reaction to the open appeal of the CSTO  Foreign Ministers to NATO colleagues

Lavrov at  OSCE: There is no any reaction to the open appeal of the CSTO  Foreign Ministers to NATO colleagues

ArmInfo. We support the continuation of a "structured dialogue" with the involvement of military experts and without any politicization of the process.  Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced this on December 5  during his speech at the 26th meeting of the OSCE Council of Foreign  Ministers in Bratislava.

At the same time, the Russian minister emphasized that Moscow  considers the dialogue an important confidence-building measure,  especially in conditions when military contacts between Russia and  NATO are interrupted.  "Russian proposals to reduce tension on the  line of contact between Russia and the North Atlantic Alliance remain  unanswered. There is no any reaction to the open appeal of the CSTO  foreign ministers to NATO colleagues. In a situation where, instead  of dialogue, we encounter aggressive <deterrence> of our country, we  don't see no reason to talk about the modernization of the Vienna  Document 2011.

To recall, in May of this year, the foreign ministers of the CSTO  member countries (Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia  and Tajikistan) called on the foreign ministers of NATO member states  to create a mechanism for regular consultations between the  secretariats of the two organizations. The CSTO also called on NATO  to closer cooperation in the fight against drug trafficking. Later,  NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller said in an interview  with "Kommersant" that the alliance sees no reason to create an  additional channel of interaction with Russia at the CSTO level. 

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