Russia’s ambassador to Sweden has called NATO’s expansion the? Biggest threat? to Moscow
Viktor Tatarintsev, Russia’s ambassador to Sweden, did not mince his words when he presented a strong reprimand of Western sanctions on Sunday.
“Excuse my language, but we do not care about sanctions,” Tatarintsev told Aftonbladet.
The United States, Britain and the EU have all threatened to impose new sanctions on Russia if it invades Ukraine. Moscow has meanwhile denied all plans to attack its neighbor.
The Russian diplomat accused the United States and NATO of creating tensions in Europe. “The expansion of NATO is the biggest threat to Russia,” Tatarintsev said.
Russia is seeking legally binding assurances that the Western military bloc will not continue to expand to the east. This would effectively prevent countries like Ukraine from joining the alliance.
However, NATO has refused to abandon its so-called “open door policy” of accepting new members.