Dealing with the Russia-West relationship in fundamentally adversarial terms will contaminate nearly every critical dimension of international politics, seriously warp U.S. and Russian foreign policy and exact a heavy price in lost opportunities.
Rather than redefine NATO to better address new security challenges, the old NATO will be reinforced and pressed closer to Russia’s borders. Despite its economic limitations, Russia will answer in kind. Defense planning in Washington [...]
As Russia re-arms, the West increasingly neglects its defenses.
Vladimir Putin and his American apologists like to blame NATO’s post-Cold War expansion for his territorial conquests, which ignores that the alliance refused in 2008 to let Georgia and Ukraine even begin the process of joining. Those are the two countries the Russian has since carved [...]
Rasmussen: “We can no longer do business as usual with Russia, we should reduce Europe’s dependency on Russian energy”
Baku – APA. ” Russia’s military aggression in Ukraine is the most serious crisis in Europe since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Our vision of a Europe whole, free and at peace has [...]
Russia’s advances in Ukraine are the greatest threat to European security since the Cold War, NATO’s chief was expected to argue, in a speech Wednesday making clear the international military alliance must refocus on risks closer to home after years of fighting in far-away war zones.
“This is a wake-up call,” NATO Secretary [...]
It’s a good time to have friends in Eastern Europe.
Leaders in the region, who have reacted to Russia’s occupation of Crimea by expressing fears that they could be next, are now taking solace in their alliances. “Thanks be to God, we are NATO members,” exclaimed Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite last week. [...]
There are two big elephants in the room: Cold war with Russia and cold war with China. Even though some countries are becoming alarmed at Russia (and China too), one must not mention a new cold war. Now NATO is just starting to wake from its sleep.
A militarily [...]
“We are against — putting it mildly — Georgia’s joining NATO,” Medvedev said, in remarks voiced-over into Georgian by Rustavi2. But don’t get us wrong, he continued. “Any country has the right to choose a preferred political and military alliance to join,” yet the Kremlin just can’t sit and watch a neighboring country, be it [...]
Then he warns, “If the Turks intervene, thousands of missiles will rain down on Turkish cities, factories, and other sensitive areas.”
Last time around, Wahhab threatened that 100,000 missiles would fall on Turkey if Turkish troops occupied any part of Syria and that 100,000 missiles would fall on Palestine, aka Israel, if NATO intervened. The [...]
“I think the regime in Damascus is approaching collapse,” he told reporters after a meeting with the Dutch prime minister at NATO headquarters. “I think now it is only a question of time.”
While NATO member states have made similar predictions before, the assertion by Mr. Rasmussen, the leader of the Western military alliance, reinforced [...]
The exercises, which the Kremlin spun as the largest nuclear command maneuvers in recent history, were a test run for a full-scale nuclear war, something Russia has been rehearsing regularly since NATO forces bombed Yugoslavia in 1999. The exercises indicate that the Kremlin still believes that a full-scale attack against this country, presumably from the United States, is possible and could be stopped only by a nuclear counterattack. [...]