15:10 Apr. 16, 2016
Russian actions pose threat to existence of Europe - Witold Waszczykowski
Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said that Russia poses a threat to the very existence of European countries and is more dangerous than the extremist group Islamic State.
Russia's actions are threatening because "these actions can destroy states," Radio Liberty quoted him as saying during an international security conference in Bratislava.
However, the migrant crisis and activities of terrorist organizations, like the Islamic State, do not pose a threat to the existence of Europe, said the Polish minister.
Speaking at the conference, the Czech Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky called for deepening cooperation with NATO due to Russia's actions.
He noted that Russia considers NATO as an enemy and tests the Alliance's defensive ability, attention and commitment defending its members, above all - in the Baltic region. But, according to the Czech Minister, it is not necessary to fully isolate Russia, in terms of security issues.
Recently, Russian military jets came within a few feet of a U.S. destroyer in international waters in the Baltic Sea during a series of 'aggressive' overflights.