July 10, 2016 / 11:31 AM / 3 years ago

Moscow says NATO fixating on non-existent Russian threat

Spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova attends a news briefing in Moscow, Russia, October 6, 2015. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Saturday that a NATO summit in Warsaw showed that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was focussing its efforts on containing a non-existent “threat from the East”.

At a meeting of the NATO-Russia council on July 13, Moscow will seek explanations for the alliance’s plans, the spokeswoman for the foreign ministry, Maria Zakharova, said in a statement.

Russia will also seek an explanation from NATO for a Finnish plan to improve air defences over the Baltic Sea, she said in the statement.

Reporting by Polina Devitt; editing by Christian Lowe

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