Attempts to fire up militaristic rhetoric in the West counterproductive - Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov described as counterproductive attempts to fire up militaristic rhetoric in the wake of Western media reports claiming that the Pentagon wants to deploy land-based ballistic and cruise missiles in Europe in order to launch preemptive strikes against Russia.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov described as counterproductive attempts to fire up militaristic rhetoric in the wake of Western media reports claiming that the Pentagon wants to deploy land-based ballistic and cruise missiles in Europe in order to launch preemptive strikes against Russia.

"In principle, we deem attempts to fire up militaristic rhetoric as absolutely counterproductive and harmful, the more so since all our partners are saying in unison that they oppose relapses to the Cold War era," Lavrov said at a press conference on June 9 after talks with the Salvadoran Foreign Minister Hugo Martinez Bonilla.

"If this is really so, then statements should be made in a more cautious way," he said.

He said at the same time that questions connected with military development have arisen at all times. "These concerns must be relieved and this should be done, as previously, through a direct and honest dialogue. We have had such opportunities with all of our Western partners - bilateral and in the context of the Russia-NATO Council. All of these channels of communication between the military were frozen, not through our fault," the Russian foreign minister said.

Western media earlier circulated reports about the Pentagon's plans to locate land-based ballistic and cruise missiles in Europe in order to launch preemptive strikes in response to violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty by Russia.

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