Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
13th February, 2016
Prime Minister of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, stated the beginning of a new cold war between NATO and Russia. He made this statement at the Munich security conference, reports “Interfax”.
“In our assessment, the political line of NATO against Russia remains unfriendly and closed. It can be said frankly: we have fallen into a time of a new cold war,” Medvedev said.
The Prime Minister complained that “every day we (Russia) are declared the most terrible threat for NATO as a whole, separately for Europe, for America and other countries.” In this case, Medvedev noted that Russia and the West have a chance to unite in order to withstand external threats such as international terrorism.
Meanwhile, earlier at the Munich security conference, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that Moscow and Brussels are currently exploring the possibility of restoration of work of the Russia-NATO Council, which ceased operations in 2014.
Relations between Russia and NATO have deteriorated over the past two years due to the annexation of Crimea to Russia and of Moscow’s interference in the conflict in Eastern Ukraine (the Russian authorities deny the fact of intervention).
In July 2015, the official military strategy of the Pentagon mentioned Russia as a “revisionist configured state which does not respect the sovereignty of its neighbors and is ready to use force”. In the Russian military doctrine NATO is placed first on the list of external threats.
At the end of January 2016 Stoltenberg, in his report, said that Russia held exercises that simulated a nuclear attack on the country members of the Alliance. Moscow called it “propaganda.”