Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko commented on U.S. President Donald Trump's remarks on Brazil’s potential NATO membership. He said that they are not conducive to easing tensions throughout the world,
"NATO members should be given credit for their ambitions," Grushko said at the conference titled 'OSCE: Prospects for Pan-European and Eurasian Security and Cooperation'.
He recalled that Trump recently suggested "expanding the alliance’s area of responsibility" to South America, admitting that Brazil, a BRICS member-country, could join NATO.
"It is not quite clear whether he read the Washington Treaty, which specifies who can become the alliance’s member," TASS cited the diplomat as saying.
According to the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, the policy of "achieving unilateral advantages aimed at rebuilding the current multipolar world in accordance with last century’s patterns, is extremely viable."
Grushko concluded that these statements are not conducive to defusing the confrontational atmosphere.