The stated civilian character of the European Union (EU) mission is formed within the framework of the EU's general security and defense policy.

Let's call everything by its name.

NATO hides its role in various world affairs under the name of European Union.

APA's Moscow correspondent reports that Maria Zakharova, the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, said this in response to a question regarding the EU's decision to send an observer mission to the border of Armenia and Azerbaijan at a briefing held today.

He said that it is important not to be deceived by the civilian expression of the mission of the European Union.

Zakharova hinted at the presence of NATO military personnel under the cover of the EU observation mission.

"Attempts to strengthen the European Union in Armenia, attempts to suppress Russia's mediation efforts are capable of harming the deep-rooted interests of Armenians and Azerbaijanis, and their efforts for peaceful development of the region.

"We are sure that the main factor of stability and security in the region in the near future is the Russian peacekeeping contingent and the Russian border guards protecting the borders of Armenia," the Russian MFA spokesman emphasized.