NATO will return to the classic collaboration with Russia after the Kremlin will begin to comply with international law, said in an interview with Aktualne issued on 30 March, the head of the military Committee of the Alliance, General Petr Pavel.
According to him, «Moscow continues to interfere in our democratic political processes and undermines our democratic institutions», while NATO has witnessed as cyber attacks from the Kremlin and the assassination of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal, British Salisbury.
According to him, this is an unacceptable violation of international norms and rules.
He added that the Alliance cannot agree that «terrorist acts» in Salisbury are normal. According to him, NATO can not allow performers and organizers of the assassination undermined the values of modern society.
At the same time, Paul stressed that the attack in Salisbury was the «irresponsible behavior» in 2014, Russia annexed the Ukrainian Crimea, has violated the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and continues to destabilize the Donbas.
In his words, the NATO approach to Russia is based on the «policy of deterrence and defence» and on willingness to dialogue. While Paul noted that the relations between the Alliance and Russia is seriously deteriorating due to the lack of trust. «You cannot return to the classic collaboration, while Russia will not respect international law,» added Paul.
4 March 2018 66-year-old Skripal and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia was hospitalized with symptoms of poisoning in British Salisbury.
The investigation revealed that during the attack was used that was developed in Russia, a nerve agent, Novichok. Prime Minister Theresa may has demanded from the Kremlin to explain what had happened until the evening of March 13, otherwise London would take an incident of unlawful use of force by Russia against great Britain.
The UK position was supported by the government of France, USA, Germany, Australia and other countries.
Moscow has refused to answer the ultimatum of London, and demanded to give her samples of the substance that poisoned Skrobala.
March 14, the British authorities announced the expulsion of Russian diplomats 23, and the suspension of the planned bilateral contacts with Russia. March 17, Russia declared a persona non grata 23 British diplomats.
After Britain the Russian diplomats sent to about 30 countries. A number of countries from Russia called their ambassadors for consultations.
NATO also withdraws the accreditation of seven Russian representatives to the Alliance.
The head of the NATO military Committee: it is Impossible to return to the classic collaboration, while Russia will not respect international law 31.03.2018