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Military will respond to intimidation: Russia NATO envoy

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
An US Navy picture taken on April 12, 2016 and released on April 13, 2016 shows what appears to be a Russian Sukhoi SU-24 attack aircraft making a very low pass close to the US guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea. (Reuters)

The Russian military will respond with “all necessary measures” to incidents of “intimidation” such as the US naval destroyer that recently sailed close to Russia’s border.

“This is about attempts to exercise military pressure on Russia," said Russia’s NATO Ambassador Alexander Grushko during the first meeting between the military alliance and Russia since relations soured over the crisis in Ukraine two years ago. 

"We will take all necessary measures, precautions, to compensate for these attempts to use military force," he added.

The Russian permanent representative to NATO, Alexander Grushko, talks to the press after the NATO-Russia meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on April 20, 2016. (AFP)

On April 11, the US guided-missile destroyer USS Cook sailed close to a Russian naval base in the Baltic, an action which resulted in the scrambling of the Russian aircraft that buzzed the ship.

"After detecting the ship within their visibility range, the Russian pilots diverted from it with all safety precautions," Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on April 14.

During the meeting, US Ambassador to NATO Douglas Lute described the passes as unsafe and unprofessional, claiming that the destroyer was on routine business in international waters when the incident occurred.

Russia and NATO have been locked in a deepening dispute. The military alliance accuses Russia of backing militias in eastern Ukraine. Moscow denies the allegation and argues that the Western military alliance is using the situation to move closer to its borders.

'No business as usual' for NATO-Russia ties

“There were profound disagreements related to the crisis with Ukraine. Today's meeting did not change that,” said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg after the meeting.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg gives a press conference after the NATO-Russia meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on April 20, 2016. (AFP)

“We have suspended practical cooperation between NATO and Russia, but we all agree that it is in all our interest to keep channels for political dialogue open. However, this does not mean that we are back to business as usual,” he added.

According to the United Nations, over 9,000 people have lost their lives and some 20,000 have been injured in the Ukraine conflict since April 2014.

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