MOSCOW, April 8 (Xinhua) -- Moscow on Tuesday accused the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) of bearing "cold war" mentality over the latter's decision to limit the access of Russian diplomats to its headquarters.
"We noted that information about the move was posted on the main page of NATO's official website. It looks like access by Russian diplomats to the NATO office is the North Atlantic alliance's number one problem," the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.
The NATO said Monday all representatives of the Russian mission, except its head, the deputy head and two support staff, would be denied access to the military bloc's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.
Moreover, other Russian diplomats would have to notify the NATO about their planned visits in advance, register upon arrival and be escorted by security staff throughout the visit.
Moscow said such restrictive measures "confirm once again that the alliance is not capable of overcoming the 'cold war' mentality and prefers the language of sanctions over dialogue."
Ties between Russia and the NATO have strained following a string of incidents in Ukraine which have led to that country's split. Last week, the NATO decided to suspend all practical cooperation with Russia, while Moscow slammed the move as a "lose- lose decision."
Russian permanent envoy to NATO Alexander Grushko also said Monday beefing-up of the Western military presence in eastern European countries would "completely destroy the system of mutual obligations between Russia and NATO."