Russia is seeking an explanation from NATO after documents published by Wikileaks revealed that the military alliance planned to protect Baltic States against Moscow. Russian officials stated that the Kremlin was awaiting clarification from NATO the proposed Eagle Guardian plan.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also questioned the sincerity of NATO over its latest plans with Russia.
We have posed these questions and we expect to get answers. I presume we have the right, Lavrov told reporters on Thursday.
With one hand, NATO seeks agreement with us on joint partnership, and with the other, it makes a decision that it needs to defend, he added.
A diplomatic cable sent out to Washington outlined the Eagle Guardian, the alliance's contingency plan for the reinforcement and defense of Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania against any possible attacks of Russia. Germany reportedly proposed expansion of the plan to the Baltic states.
Nato and Moscow, in December last year, resumed senior-level meeting of foreign ministers since their diplomatic ties between both groups froze after Russia's war with Georgia in August 2008.
So when is NATO more sincere? Larov asked.
Meanwhile, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, reiterated that was not considered to be an enemy of the alliance.
We want to move ahead in our relationship and we want to preserve and maintain the positive spirit of the partnership that took place in Lisbon (during the Russia-NATO summit in November), Fogh Rasmussen told reporters on Thursday.
The NATO head, however, refused to comment over the documents published by WikiLeaks.