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Putin Ally Says NATO Focus On Russia Made Brussels Attacks Possible

The Russian official accused the alliance chief of allowing terrorists to strike "right under his nose."

A prominent Russian official accused the Brussels-based NATO of neglecting its home turf to antagonize Russia instead, leaving the Belgian city vulnerable to Tuesday's terror attacks.

Alexey Pushkov, head of Russia’s parliamentary committee on foreign affairs, said on Twitter that while NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg "battles the imaginary threat of Russia," terrorists are "blowing up people from right under his nose in Brussels." 

Neither the Kremlin nor NATO has immediately responded to Pushkov's provocative words. Stoltenberg condemned the "cowardly attack" and pledged that "terrorism will not defeat democracy."

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Stoltenberg recently initiated plans to augment NATO forces in Russia's neighboring countries to thwart Russia's aggression after its intervention in Ukraine and annexation of Crimea, AFP reported. He accused Russia of using force to change its borders.

Pushkov, an ally of Russian president Vladimir Putin, later expressed condolences to the relatives of those killed in Brussels. "It's time for Europe to understand where the long term threat is coming from and join forces with Russia," he wrote on Twitter.

Separate bombing attacks at Brussels' airport and subway system have left dozens dead and hundreds injured.

 

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