: RFE/RL: NATO focusing on nonexistent Russia threat

16:25 Jul. 10, 2016

RFE/RL: NATO focusing on nonexistent Russia threat

Guests stand during the opening ceremony of the first working session of the North Atlantic Council at the NATO summit in Warsaw, Poland, July 8, 2016 (AP Photo)

Alliance officials termed the deployment a direct response to Russian belligerence 

Russia's Foreign Ministry says NATO summit shows alliance is focusing its efforts on containing nonexistent Russian threat.

The spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said in a statement July 10 that Moscow will seek explanations for the alliance's plans at a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council on July 13.

The Russian Foreign Ministry also said it will seek explanation from NATO for a Finnish plan to improve air defenses over the Baltic.

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NATO has previously said it's looking to step up defense cooperation with Finland and Sweden by way of more joint exercises and increased information-sharing following increased activity by the Russian military in the air and the sea.

Part of the NATO summit which concluded July 9 was dominated by the formal authorization of plans for multinational battalions of up to 1,000 troops each to be stationed on a rotating basis in Poland and the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Full story 

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