Russia unwilling to establish military communication with NATO

January 22, 2016 10:49 am 

BRUSSELS, Jan. 22 — Moscow shows no interest in establishing military communication with NATO despite its initiatives to approach the Russian side, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee Petr Pavel said.

The committee chairman said a dialogue at political and military level was necessary to avoid "strategical miscalculations" or incidents similar to downing of a Russian Su-24 attack aircraft by Turkey in November over an alleged airspace violation.

"Since I assumed my position in June, I have made several efforts to use this channel of military communication. Up to now, there is a lack of will on the Russian side to have that communication," Pavel told journalists on Thursday after the 174th Military Committee in Chiefs of Defense Session.

According to Pavel, the lack of contact does not mean NATO-Russia communications line is closed.

NATO-Russia relations deteriorated in 2014 due to the Ukrainian conflict, when the alliance unilaterally halted military cooperation with Russia.

Earlier this month, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the country's revised national security strategy stipulated Moscow's readiness to develop relations with NATO on the basis of equality to enhance global security in the Euro-Atlantic area, but the depth of such relations would depend on the alliance's commitment to take into account the legitimate interests of Russia and to respect international law. (PNA/Sputnik)

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