German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. © Axel Schmidt / Reuters
AFP: Germany slams NATO 'warmongering' on Russia
Berlin (AFP) - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has criticised NATO for having a bellicose policy towards Russia, describing it as "warmongering", the German daily Bild reported.
Steinmeier pointed to the deployment of NATO troops near borders with Russia in the military alliance's Baltic and east European member states.
"What we should avoid today is inflaming the situation by warmongering and stomping boots," Steinmeier told Bild in an interview to be published Sunday.
"Anyone who thinks you can increase security in the alliance with symbolic parades of tanks near the eastern borders, is mistaken," Germany's top diplomat added.
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WNU Editor: NATO leaders and the Generals have been driving Western military policy in regards to Russia for the past year .... this looks like an attempt by Western political leaders (or at least a few of them) to reign them in.
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