Russian aggression: Russia's operability tests harm its relations with NATO - Deputy Secretary General

12:08 Aug. 30, 2016

Russia's operability tests harm its relations with NATO - Deputy Secretary General

NATO's Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow listens to questions during a joint press conference with Romania's Foreign Minister Lazar Comanescu in Bucharest, Romania, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. Vershbow said Russia is increasingly staging sn

NATO did not organize such tests since the Cold War

During his visit to Romania, NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow said that NATO's relations with Russia are now 'very unsatisfactory'. There were more than a dozen operability tests in Russia during the last two years. 

Vershbow asserted that NATO would like to enhance transparency and predictability of relations with Moscow. Yet the exercises do not help to stabilize the situation. Deputy Secretary General reassured that NATO will continue to protect its allies in eastern and southern regions.

Read more Over 40,000 Russian troops amass near Ukraine border - intel

Last week, on August 25, Russia announced the start of new exercises on the ground as well as at sea. It sparked concerns on real Moscow's intentions in Ukraine, Europe and alliance itself. Russia has put its army on full combat alert. At the same time, the shellings in eastern Ukraine have intensified

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