MOSCOW, 10 November (BelTA) – Moving NATO closer to borders of the Union State of Belarus and Russia represents the alliance's long-term strategy. Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov made the statement after an annual meeting of the Russian-Belarusian ministerial collegium in Moscow on 10 November, BelTA has learned.
The official said: “We have serious reasons to believe that the ongoing policy in favor of so-called deterrence of our countries and NATO's practical actions to bring military infrastructure closer to borders of the Union State reflect the long-term strategy of this military and political bloc. And certainly we are absolutely united in the opinion, which our presidents have expressed repeatedly, regarding how we will respond to such absolutely unfriendly actions that violate all the previous agreements.”
Sergey Lavrov also said that on 10 November the sides agreed they are going to step up foreign policy coordination of the ministries of foreign affairs both in the United Nations Organization and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. “And in matters concerning our joint approaches to Washington's and Brussels' unfriendly activities with regard to Belarus and Russia,” he stressed.