MOSCOW, March 7 (Xinhua) -- Russia on Friday criticized NATO for adopting a biased approach to the developments in Ukraine.
"A decision of NATO to suspend meetings in the frames of practical cooperation with Russia demonstrates a biased approach to the analysis of the causes and consequences of the events in Ukraine," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in a statement.
That decision contradicted common sense, he said, as all projects of the Russia-NATO Council benefitted both sides.
Among these projects were countering terrorism, piracy and extremism as well as disaster relief, Afghanistan and Syria issues, Lukashevich said.
Russia had repeatedly explained to NATO its actions in Crimea were aimed at providing security to the Black Sea fleet stationed there, he said.
"We believe it is highly dangerous to add the NATO factor to the complicated and fragile situation in Ukraine. That factor creates extra tension and undermines the prospect of the normalization of the situation," he said.
On Thursday, NATO said it would cancel a joint mission with Russia to escort chemical weapons out of Syria. The alliance also said it would suspend staff-level civilian or military meetings with Russia.
Also on Friday, the Kremlin dismissed allegations that Moscow had a hand in the events in eastern Ukraine and Crimea.
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