In the aftermath of the Russian president’s bellicose speech in Moscow, NATO said in a statement on Friday that it views the threats made against allies as detrimental to international pacts, which demand trust between the involved parties.

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NATO has denounced Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent controversial remarks in his pre-election speech delivered in Moscow on Thursday. The military alliance said the Russian leader’s threatening statements were detrimental to international efforts to calm global tensions.   

“Russian statements threatening to target allies are unacceptable and counterproductive,” NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu said in a statement. “We do not want a new Cold War or a new arms race. All allies support arms control agreements which build trust and confidence, for everyone’s benefit.”

In his speech, Putin accused the US and its allies of working “at full speed” to develop its interceptive missile technology and deploy it around the globe. However, Lungescu said it was Moscow that has a “continued military build-up from the Barents Sea to the Mediterranean.”

“As we have repeatedly made clear, the alliance’s missile defense is neither designed nor directed against Russia.” Lungescu clarified. “Our system defends against ballistic missiles from outside the Euro-Atlantic area. NATO is pursuing a twin-track approach to Russia: strong deterrence and defense, combined with meaningful dialogue. We are committed to delivering on both tracks.”

As previously reported by JOL, the Russian president said Moscow considered an attack on its allies as an attack on Russia itself.  “The response would be immediate,” he warned. Amid global criticism following Putin’s speech, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday that Russia denies all accusations of breaching international arms control treaties. “Russia does not plan to get dragged into any arms race,” said Peskov.