Russian Ambassador to the United States spoke about NATO's eastward expansion

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Ambassador Antonov: NATO eastward expansion contradicts the indivisibility of security in Europe

Russian Ambassador to the United States spoke about NATO's eastward expansion

Anatoly Antonov. Photo: Sergei Karpukhin / Reuters

NATO's eastward expansion runs counter to the collectively agreed principle of the indivisibility of security in Europe, said Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov. He stated this in an interview with Newsweek.

Antonov called the transatlantic bloc “a vestige of the Cold War.”

Earlier, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken denied NATO's promises to Russia not to expand to the East. “NATO has never promised not to admit new members. It could not and would not do this: the open door policy was a key provision of the 1949 North Atlantic Treaty, which resulted in the founding of NATO, ”he said.

In response to this, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova recalled that she had previously published a chronology of the assurances of Western countries not to expand NATO to the East and duplicated her post dated June 15, 2021, in which she filled in “the gaps in the Western media's knowledge of themselves” and published documentary evidence of assurances not to expand NATO eastward.

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