Lavrov Says Moscow Rejects European Security without Russia, Belarus

Lavrov Says Moscow Rejects European Security without Russia, Belarus

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow does not require the kind of European security that the West is attempting to establish without involving Belarus and Russia.

The West “is already trying to build a security architecture (in Europe) without Russia and Belarus. We don’t need such security,” Lavrov said during a video conference on Thursday, RT reported.

“The whole security (architecture) in Europe now comes down to it being completely subjected to the US,” he said.

There were discussions in France and Germany about the creation of Europe’s own military force a couple of years ago, Lavrov noted. But those ideas have now been set aside, with both Paris and Berlin saying they would stick with the US-led NATO bloc, he said.

Moscow and Minsk, which already have a joint military grouping on the territory of Belarus, will continue to boost their security cooperation, the Russian foreign minister said. Both countries realize the importance of such work, “considering the continued provocations, including those by Ukraine,” he added.

“All the necessary measures aimed at maintaining readiness to deal with any possible developments have been implemented,” Lavrov said.

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