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Dmitry Peskov in July:

“Indeed, Turkey is a NATO nation but, concurrently, our relations with Turkey are an example showing that partner relations can and must be built even with NATO countries, in the person of Turkey.”

The Kremlin spokesman expressed the hope that the situation in Russia’s relations with NATO nations “is not that bad”….That is why, in his words, relations with Turkey are very important in this context.

These relations are rather stabilizing for our region….”

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Moscow says NATO’s new Russia plan shows it was right to cut ties

The Kremlin said on Friday that NATO’s adoption of a new Russia-focused strategy confirmed that Moscow’s decision to sever ties with the bloc had been correct.

NATO defence ministers agreed a new master plan this week to defend against any potential Russian attack on multiple fronts….

“There is no need for dialogue under these conditions and (the adoption of) such a concept by NATO confirms it once again,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a briefing.

“Russia has never had any illusions about NATO [!]. We know the nature of this alliance….This alliance was not created for peace, it was conceived, designed and created for confrontation.”