Russia accused NATO on Thursday of being interested in continuing military actions in Ukraine, the scene of a Russian “special military operation” for a month that has left thousands dead and 3.5 million refugees.
The decision announced at the (NATO) summit to continue offering political and practical support to the Kyiv regime demonstrates the Atlantic Alliance’s interest in continuing military actions,” Russian foreign spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement. .
At their extraordinary summit in Brussels on the war in Ukraine, Allied leaders agreed to establish four new international battalions in Hungary, Bulgaria, Slovakia and Romania.
“Washington can put the NATO summit in its geopolitical wallet. It has succeeded in further disciplining allies in fully containing our country and in putting pressure on countries capable of making sovereign decisions and implementing independent policy,” she said.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned this week that the deployment of NATO peacekeepers in Ukraine would spark military clashes between Russian and Atlantic Alliance troops.
“That will entail direct clashes between Russian and NATO forces, something that we all would not want to avoid, but that we declare should not occur in principle,” he noted.