NATO's measures to build up its military presence near Russian borders cannot remain without a military-technological response, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday.
"It is clear that all efforts being taken by our NATO neighbors in terms of building up their military infrastructures and military presence on the Russian borders cannot remain without a response, in the first place, without a military-technological response," Lavrov said. "This does not mean that we are interested in an escalation of tensions. On the contrary, we keep telling our NATO counterparts they are interested in de-escalation, in shifting to the language of tactical action and the resumption of normal, full-scale contacts between the military. Regrettably, our NATO counterparts dodge such a serious discussion. But I believe that the course of life will make them do so someday," TASS reported.
Lavrov warned that NATO’s actions on Russia’s borders looked very worrisome to Moscow.
"This will create a real threat to Russia’s security. It is a crude violation of the Russia-NATO Founding Act, which prohibits the deployment of considerable combat contingents on the territory of newly-adopted members on the permanent basis," he said. "We do see the brigades that have been deployed in the Baltic countries, we see the emergence of US global missile defense facilities in Romania and Poland. The Polish leaders have come out with an initiative for hosting a US division and building a permanent base."
"Naturally, we cannot but feel concerned about the United States’ declared intention to quit the INF Treaty," Lavrov said.