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Russia: NATO’s buildup near Russia weakens joint fight against terrorism - Lavrov02:50

Russia: NATO’s buildup near Russia weakens joint fight against terrorism - Lavrov

Russian Federation, Moscow
July 18, 2016 at 15:54 GMT -00:00 · Published

The Russian and Portuguese foreign ministers both agreed that terrorism is a "common" responsibility to be confronted and dealt with, during a press conference in Moscow on Monday. Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Ernesto dos Santos Silva argued that “we are facing common threats, the most important of which is certainly terrorism." He said efforts “should be aimed at the eradication of the root causes of terrorism."

That was a view echoed by Russia’s top diplomat, Sergei Lavrov, who said “first of all, terrorism and everything related to the support of terrorist activity is our common threat." He said he hopes for the “unification of our potential to search for answers to real, not artificially created, threats." That would entail “serious collaboration on military and political security issues in the Euro-Atlantic region and certainly in Europe," Lavrov added.

However, the potential for such “cooperation” is being impaired by NATO's military buildup on the borders of Russia, Lavrov said. "The escalation of NATO activity near Russian borders” does not “contribute to cooperation on issues related to the fight against terrorism," Russia's foreign minister stressed.

Lavrov confirmed that he had accepted an offer from his Portuguese counterpart to visit Portugal in 2017.

Russia: NATO’s buildup near Russia weakens joint fight against terrorism - Lavrov02:50
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The Russian and Portuguese foreign ministers both agreed that terrorism is a "common" responsibility to be confronted and dealt with, during a press conference in Moscow on Monday. Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Ernesto dos Santos Silva argued that “we are facing common threats, the most important of which is certainly terrorism." He said efforts “should be aimed at the eradication of the root causes of terrorism."

That was a view echoed by Russia’s top diplomat, Sergei Lavrov, who said “first of all, terrorism and everything related to the support of terrorist activity is our common threat." He said he hopes for the “unification of our potential to search for answers to real, not artificially created, threats." That would entail “serious collaboration on military and political security issues in the Euro-Atlantic region and certainly in Europe," Lavrov added.

However, the potential for such “cooperation” is being impaired by NATO's military buildup on the borders of Russia, Lavrov said. "The escalation of NATO activity near Russian borders” does not “contribute to cooperation on issues related to the fight against terrorism," Russia's foreign minister stressed.

Lavrov confirmed that he had accepted an offer from his Portuguese counterpart to visit Portugal in 2017.

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