Russia watching NATO, warns of 'confrontation'

AP , Tuesday 3 Dec 2019

As NATO leaders trade barbs ahead of a tense summit in London, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says that Russia is watching developments at the alliance's birthday meeting ``with great attention.''

The 29-country trans-Atlantic military alliance was founded in 1949 to provide collective security for Europe against what was then the Soviet Union.

Peskov said Tuesday that NATO is ``a product of the era of confrontation, the Cold War era,'' something he says that Russia does not want to return to.

But he says that ``an alliance that was created and shaped by the confrontation ideology, of course, can't bring anything else'' but confrontation.

Turkey's increasingly close relations with Moscow _ and its purchase of Russian air defense systems that are incompatible with NATO equipment _ has added to tensions among the allies.

But Peskov says those ties are not hurting NATO.

France, meanwhile, also wants closer ties with Russia.

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