The United States and Russia are on the brink of war, warning each other that more military actions could lead to an all-out conflict. While it appears that the conflict has emanated from the aggressiveness of both parties, experts point out that the greediness of NATO and EU leaders prompted the tensions, which could also spell the end for the rest of the world. Is there no turning back?
NATO and EU Leaders Caused the Problem
It is partly the fault of NATO and EU’s leaders why there is conflict between Russia and the United States, according to one expert. The growing tension is nothing more than the result of NATO biting off more than it can chew, according to veteran Danish journalist O.K. Jensen. NATO’s determination to contain Russia’s sphere of influence has done more damage at the moment than deterring Russian aggression.
“The responsibility for Kiev’s loss of Crimea and parts of eastern Ukraine lies squarely on the EU and star generals of NATO,” wrote Jensen in a punchy op-ed for the Danish daily Jyllands-Posten, as reported by Sputnik.
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Jensen added that the leaders should have decided to back away from Ukraine, but it appears that greed got the best of the leaders.
Jensen also noted that “there are few of us left who remember the roar of heavy bombers flying low over Copenhagen during the Second World War, and the bombings of the sugar factory, the Shell building the French school in Frederiksberg.”
Jensen also emphasized that Russia will always be interested over Ukraine. In this case, Russia’s actions across the country should have signaled the EU to stop.
“NATO generals and the EU are beginning a new war dance. Their battle cry is the Russian occupation of Crimea and eastern Ukraine. Beware brave Europeans! Fear the Russian Ivan, who thirsts for Poland and the Baltic states. Danish soldiers who survived Afghanistan will now be sent to the Baltic to stand by their musketeer oath,” warned Jensen.
NATO-Russia Council Should be More Effective
Hope is not totally lost, as there is a NATO-Russia Council seeking to bring peace to the situation. However, Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Russian parliament’s upper house, said that the council should have efficiency if it wants to make considerable difference, according to another report from Sputnik.
The lawmaker said that while there is inefficiency, it is still better than having nothing at all, but the problem is, the council was created based on the principles of equality. Kosachev added that the NATO-Russia Council may be able to do more if Russia negotiated with the states and not the entire alliance.