NATO creating Cold War 'deja vu' says Russia

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman criticises NATO decision to suspend military and civilian cooperation with Moscow

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman criticises NATO decision to suspend military and civilian cooperation with Moscow

MOSCOW - Neither Moscow nor the NATO countries will gain anything if the West suspends "practical civilian and military cooperation" with Russia, a government spokesman said on Wednesday.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich was reacting to NATO’s decision, taken by foreign ministers on Tuesday following a meeting in Brussels, to suspend cooperation with Russia.

"It is not difficult to imagine who will gain from suspension of Russia-NATO joint work. In any case, surely it won’t be Russia or NATO member countries," he said.

Stating that the NATO decision had created a ‘deja vu’ effect, Lukashevich said: "The wording of the statement reminds us of the wordy warfare of the Cold War times, while the decision brings us back six years when Brussels froze Russia and the NATO Council's work."

NATO announced Tuesday that it has suspended cooperation with Russia over its annexation of Crimea, which has been condemned as "illegitimate" by the United States and the European Union.

"We have decided to suspend all practical civilian and military cooperation between NATO and Russia," the bloc said in a joint statement.

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