Russia against Ukraine’s joining NATO

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Russian feels extremely negative about Ukraine’s plans to join NATO, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday.

“Our attitude is extremely negative,” Lavrov told a news conference after meeting Council of Europe General Secretary Thorbjorn Jagland.

“Everybody understands the malignity of NATO’s further expansion, which only moves the demarcation lines on the (European – TASS) continent,” Lavrov said.

“NATO was not the subject of my meeting with the Council of Europe general secretary. We did not discuss it: neither in the context of the Ukraine crisis nor NATO’s attempts to repurchase the Mistral helicopter carriers from France,” Lavrov said.

“We discussed the Council of Europe agenda, including those linked to the Ukraine crisis,” Lavrov stressed.

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