NATO deployments of AMD bases and troops near Russian borders have already violated the basic 1997 NATO-Russia Founding Act, the Russian foreign minister noted. Today, NATO is different from what it used to be and Russia pays no attention to its soothing words, but instead reacts to the alliance’s military potential massed near Russia’s borders, Lavrov added.
“NATO military infrastructure is inching closer and closer to Russia’s borders. But when Russia takes action to ensure its security, we are told that Russia is engaging in dangerous manoeuvres near NATO borders. In fact, NATO borders are getting closer to Russia, not the opposite,” the Russian FM pointed out.
NATO expansion to the East enables the alliance to deploy forces next to Russia’s borders and then accuse Moscow of “carrying out dangerous manoeuvres” near the alliance’s bases, the Russian foreign minister told a Swedish media outlet.
Swedish press writes today that Russia has threatened Sweden with military actions if joining NATO.
Every state is free to choose its self-defense strategy in consideration of its national interests, and it’s better to ask the people before making this decision, according to the Russian foreign minister. But he also showed greatness by adding:
“The EU will mature and come to an “equitable respectful dialogue without ultimatums,” Lavrov said, expressing hope that the ongoing situation in Russia-EU relations won’t last long, because the European Union and Russia are not capable of competing in the modern world on their own.”
“We’re destined to live and cooperate together,” the Russian foreign minister stated.
“The answer [why NATO needs new member states] is simple – NATO seeks to cover as much geopolitical space as possible and surround the countries that somehow disagree with NATO, such as, for example, Russia and Serbia.”
But the west don’t know Serbia! Serbia won’t ever ascend to EU or join NATO at cost of alienating with Russia.
I’ll say: Remove all that seeks power and money. For it is the one thing that has got us all in this situation in the first place. Another great killer is religion, make that crap go the same way. Then maybe we can get somewhere on this planet.