Russia's attitude to NATO's possible expansion will depend on the level of Russia-NATO relationship by the moment of taking the decision on the expansion, informed sources in Moscow told RIA Novosti. However, Moscow's attitude "will not be positive", the sources stressed. "NATO's expansion is a mistake, a set-back of the old way of thinking. There is no military need of the Baltic States joining NATO, it is a political step only," the sources said.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced the termination of diplomatic relations with NATO at a time when US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin ended a meeting in Georgia with his counterpart