Fifteen European countries, headed by Germany, have issued a statement pushing for the reopening of “a new structured dialogue” with Russia aimed at preventing a possible arms race in Europe, according to the German foreign minister.
Finland’s defense minister has said that he doesn’t see the deployment of Russian missiles in the Baltic Sea region as a threat, but warned that an exchange of actions could cause “something to happen, even if only accidentally.”
NATO’s chief has urged alliance members to cough up the cash needed to secure the “transatlantic bond” that the US president-elect has threatened to cut, unless members contribute the rquired two percent of their GDP to the common “defense” goal.
The EU Parliament is debating a resolution that aims to establish measures “to tackle Russian and ISIS propaganda.” In the latest wake of anti-Russia sentiment, the British parliament will also hear a report denouncing public figures with alleged Russia links.
Russia has the right to protect itself against NATO’s eastward expansion, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, commenting on the deployment of Russian ballistic missiles in the Kaliningrad Region. He called the Western alliance an “aggressive bloc.”
Brussels will pursue its own policies when it comes to Russia even if the new American administration abandons Obama’s course for US-Russian relations, the EU foreign policy chief announced after dining with EU Foreign Ministers.