: NATO does not aim to provoke Russia – White House
Politics14:51 May. 4, 2016
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NATO does not aim to provoke Russia – White House

NATO-Russian ties are tense amid Ukraine crisis and recent military encounters in the Baltic Sea

NATO doesn't have a goal to provoke Russia.

Read also Russia to add three new military divisions to counter NATO

The White House spokesman Josh Earnest claims the alliance wants to cooperate with the Kremlin. But Moscow's involvement in Ukrainian conflict creates a rift in their relations.

Ukraine is not a part of NATO, but it shares common borders with its members. Earnest says the alliance is worried about the situation in its neighbouring state.

Read also NATO mulls fortifying eastern Europe to deter Russia

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