NATO: We Received No Calls about the Suspension of our Mission in Moscow
This comes after the Russian Foreign Minister's announcement of the suspension of the NATO Military Contact Mission in Moscow.
NATO says it has followed the statements of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov regarding the suspension of its information office in Moscow, starting November 1.
A NATO spokesman said that he had not received any official communication after Lavrov's statements to the media about the work of the Organization's information office in Moscow.
Russia Suspends Work of NATO Information Office in Moscow
Earlier today, Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, announced that Russia is suspending the operation of the NATO information office in Moscow and that of the Russian permanent mission at NATO.
The Foreign Minister also spoke of the contact between the Western military alliance and Moscow that could be concluded through the Russian embassy in Belgium.
An inevitable breakup
On October 14, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported that Moscow had informed the US Under Secretary of State, Victoria Nuland, that the deployment of US and NATO military infrastructure in Central Asia was completely unacceptable for Russia.
Russian FM Sergei Lavrov announced on October 12 that NATO's attempt to redeploy its forces in other parts of the region aims to heat up the situation in Asia.
It should be noted that relations between Russia and NATO are witnessing rising tensions caused by the Organization's bolstering of its presence next to the Russian borders. This action was considered by Russia as a violation of the formerly agreed-upon 1997 Basic Document with NATO.
In July, Moscow warned Washington of deploying its withdrawing troops from Afghanistan in republics allied with Russia in Central Asia.