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Friday, March 23, 2018

The NATO summit will have a clearly anti-Russian tinge

Before the start of the NATO summit, several European leaders have made strong statements against Moscow. They justify plans to deploy in Eastern Europe battalions of the Alliance and urged NATO to contain Russia’s real military power, not words. However, the Chancellor of Germany made in this regard with ambivalent statements.

The rhetoric of European politicians becoming more severe with the approaching NATO summit in Warsaw. As expected, one of the key outcomes of the summit will be hosted in Poland and the Baltic States of the four multinational battalion of up to 1 thousand soldiers each.

“As for Russia, we offer a confrontational agenda in which we are not interested”

“We are talking about a more active NATO presence in the Baltic States and Poland”

However, German Chancellor Angela Merkel reiterated Thursday that the ongoing NATO in Eastern Europe the measures are purely defensive in nature.

According to her, the Alliance in its actions focuses on the Founding act Russia – NATO. “We will continue to advocate for its preservation as the basis for building a relationship with Russia,” she said, adding that “security in Europe for the long term can be achieved only together with Russia, but not in spite of it”.

Merkel explained that plans to expand NATO’s presence in Eastern Europe in reaction to Russia’s actions in Ukraine. “In General we are talking about a more active NATO presence in the Baltic States and Poland. This approach involves the reaction to the so-called hybrid threat, that is, on a scenario similar to that Russia used in Ukraine, in which the classic boundaries between war and peace deliberately eroded,” said Merkel.

Much more harshly by the Minister of defence of Poland Anthony Macierewicz, said the need to strengthen the Eastern flank of NATO for protection from Russia. According to him, the deployment of NATO troops in Poland and the Baltic States will not be something like exercise. “Strengthening the Eastern flank of NATO guarantees the protection of Poland from the aggressive behavior of Russia… we are Talking about forces, structures and weapons which will be enough in order to resist the aggressor,” – said the Minister, stressing that the command of all the forces that strengthen the Eastern flank of NATO, will be deployed in Poland.

In turn, the head of the national security Bureau of Poland Paul Solokh said that after the summit will identify the direction of development policy of the Alliance against Russia. Many practical decisions, in particular about placement on the Eastern flank of four battalions, already accepted and will only confirmed. “It is important, as this summit is going to sound. What will be message to the future, because later we have to make decisions,” said Solokh.

“The balance between force and dialogue”

Does not hide the expectations of the upcoming summit and the President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite, who called upon Germany to European leadership in the political and military spheres and “not look back and not look for historical sentimentality”. Only such a large and economically strong country like Germany, I’m sure she can take on additional political and military responsibility that is so needed in Europe. She expressed satisfaction that Germany agreed to “take command” in Lithuania.

According to Deutsche Welle, Grybauskaite said that in the beginning of the Second world war her country was “occupied by Russia and Lithuania does not want repetition.

Recall that the Baltic States consider that from 1940 to 1991 was allegedly occupied by the Soviet Union. Russia as the legal successor of the Soviet Union strongly disagrees with this approach. The Russian leadership has repeatedly stated that the occupation of the Baltic States in 1940 by the Soviet Union cannot be considered.

The flames were fanned, and US Ambassador to NATO, Douglas lute, who called Russia a “most efficient neighbor” of NATO. “It is obvious that the relations between NATO and Russia are of fundamental importance for the Alliance since 1949, when the Alliance was formed, and they will be equally fundamental today,” said Fierce at the briefing dedicated to the participation of US President Barack Obama at the NATO summit.

According to him, relations with Moscow will be devoted to the evening session leaders, which will be held on Friday. “From the point of view of NATO, the Foundation of a relationship should be a balance between power and dialogue. We will do what we need from the forces, and equally we are open to dialogue with Russia, because we think that this balance reflects the correct and responsible approach to relations of NATO and Russia,” said Fierce.

The correlation of the military potentials of Russia and NATO“We offer a confrontational agenda”

However, Russia is ready to give to the confrontational agenda of the NATO military-technical response. About it in conversation with “Kommersant” said the permanent representative of Russia to NATO Alexander Grushko. “The fact that today many countries are making the presence of foreign forces on its territory, is evidence of the crisis of European security. After all, for many years the best way of security in the area of Central Europe was considered the withdrawal of strangers, of foreign forces from its territory”, – said the permanent representative.

According to him, the steps of the Alliance in the East “definitely worsen the situation.” According to him, “it is about using military means (e.g., rotation of troops and large-scale exercises), to try to create on the continent of new dividing lines, to prevent the implementation of the project of greater Europe and to reinforce the dependence of European countries from the United States.”

“As for Russia, we offer a confrontational agenda in which we are not interested. NATO needs to understand that from a military point of view, all these measures will only have the opposite effect. Because all sensible people (especially the military) it is obvious that our side is bound to be military-technical response. We will take all necessary to ensure our defense,” – said Grushko.

He explained that the countries that have declared themselves “frontline”, apparently, will soon see that the efforts that were supposedly aimed at improving their safety, in fact this security is undermined. “NATO is forcing us to consider these countries as areas where they can be concentrated significant military capabilities, creating for Russia the risks and dangers,” – said Grushko.

From Afghanistan to Ukraine

Relations with Russia will not be the only point of discussion at the summit. As expected, the US announced the decision not to reduce to 5.5 thousand from the current 9.8 thousand the number of its troops in the international peacekeeping contingent in Afghanistan under the command of the Alliance.

American soldiers are the basis of the NATO contingent in Afghanistan, which now has a total of 12 thousand soldiers.

Also, the United States and its allies will try to gather at a summit of $ 15 billion to Fund Afghan security forces until 2020.

One of the guests of the summit will be the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. According to him, he will discuss the implementation of the Minsk agreements in the format of “Five plus Ukraine” – with the United States, Germany, France, Britain and Italy.

He said this Thursday after the meeting with U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry in Kiev. “We work through measures of pressure on Russia in terms of implementation of the Minsk agreement and de-occupation of the Crimea”, – said Poroshenko, noting that the meeting will be discussed the issues of security and reforms in Ukraine.

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