The Kremlin declined to go into the diagnosis of NATO, after French President Emmanuel Macron said the alliance was in clinical death.
“It is not our job to decide whether NATO is alive or dead, and what parts of the alliance are in a coma.
We are not forensic specialists,” Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.
Peskov added that NATO has always been an instrument of aggression and confrontation,
but Russia has nevertheless been open to cooperation with the bloc.
Earlier in the day, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, commenting on Macron’s statement,
said: “I do not wish to engage in any controversy regarding the medical issue and diagnoses,
but if President Macron feels that this diagnosis is clear and unambiguous, he has every right to express
“His knowledge of NATO is much better than my knowledge, because it is one of the pivotal countries of NATO.”
Lavrov also stressed Moscow’s keenness to develop equal and mutually beneficial cooperation with the North Atlantic,
adding: “Once NATO has recovered, he will not see any lingering on our part.”
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