“Expansionism and destabilization”: Russia lashes out over NATO spearhead force in E. Europe

“Expansionism and destabilization”: Russia lashes out over NATO spearhead force in E. Europe

Moscow has accused NATO of using the Ukrainian crisis as a “pretext” to “push its military presence closer to Russia’s borders,” and says that plans for a new rapid response force will sabotage the peace process in eastern Ukraine.

“The [expansion] plans have been harbored by NATO for a long time, and recent events have served as a pretext to put them into action,” said a statement published on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website, following the wrapping up of the NATO summit in Wales.

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