Though the Kremlin no doubt will resume contact with its “esteemed colleagues” and “cherished partners” in NATO who have ringed Russia with troops and military bases and missiles.


Russia suspends the operations of its permanent mission to NATO, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday.

“In response to NATO’s actions, we’re suspending the operations of our permanent mission to NATO, including the work of the main military representative. Perhaps starting from November 1, or it might take a few more days,” Lavrov said at a press conference in Moscow.

“Secondly, we’re suspending the operations of the NATO Military Liaison Mission in Moscow, and the accreditations of its officers will be revoked as of November 1. Thirdly, we’re terminating the operations of the NATO Information Office in Moscow, which was set up at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium,” he said.


The NATO Secretariat officially notified Russia on October 6 that Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg decided to revoke accreditations of eight members of the Russian permanent mission to NATO and reduce the general number of its personnel to ten people, including administrative and housekeeping personnel, as of November 1.

“No explanations of this step have been offered. And Mr. Stoltenberg and I had met in New York several days before this decision was announced. He emphasized the North Atlantic alliance’s sincere interest, as he put it, in normalizing relations with Russia to de-escalate the tension on the European continent,” he said.


An envoy from any NATO member state may hold urgent contacts in Moscow on bloc’s behalf

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a press conference on Monday in response to a question from TASS that the work of the NATO information office in Moscow would be terminated in response to the alliance’s decision to expel Russian diplomats.

In its response to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s unfriendly moves, Russia will also suspend the NATO military liaison mission in Moscow and yank the accreditation of its staff from November 1, Russia’s top diplomat said.