Russia, NATO won't gain from alliance decision to suspend cooperation - ministry

Neither Russia nor NATO countries will gain from the North Atlantic Council's decision to suspend cooperation with Russia, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

Neither Russia nor NATO countries will gain from the North Atlantic Council's decision to suspend cooperation with Russia, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"It is easy to predict who will gain from the curtailment of the Russia-NATO joint suppression of contemporary threats and challenges to global and European security, including the deterrence of terrorism, piracy, natural and man-made disasters," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in his answer to a media question about the decision of NATO to suspend cooperation with Russia over the Ukrainian situation. The answer was published on the ministry website.

"Anyway, that would definitely not be Russia and NATO member countries," the Russian diplomat continued.

"The decision to suspend civilian and military contacts with Russia, which has made by foreign ministers at the North Atlantic Council, creates a deja effect. The language of this statement resembles verbal exchanges of the Cold War era," Lukashevich said.

"The decision itself brings us back to the six-year-old events when Brussels froze operations of the Russia-NATO Council. The outcome of this freeze is well known. NATO initiated the resumption of contacts with Russia and stated that cooperation in the Russia-NATO Council had an all-weather nature," he said.

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