NATO and Russia will have to meet on common ground once they talk, but one diplomat claims that the former continues to threaten the latter with its actions. NATO’s efforts are a threat to Russia’s security interests that they may provoke Moscow into harmful counter measures.
NATO Provoking Russia
Anton Mazur, leader of the Russian delegation to the Vienna talks on military security and arms control, said that NATO’s actions are provoking Russia. They are threatening the country’s security interests.
“Despite our warnings of counter-productivity and risks of NATO’s eastwards expansion, the borders of the biggest military bloc have nearly reached Russian borders,” the Russian Foreign Ministry quoted the official during the annual security review conference of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) via TASS.
“Works have started in the territory of new members to develop military infrastructure. New formats of military activities have been launched on the ground, in the air and at sea, including a mission on air patrolling and multinational exercises.”
Likewise, the representative have voiced out concerns about the NATO missile defense facilities based on the European segment of the U.S. global missile shield “has embarked on a practical track.”
“Non-nuclear countries, including those of Eastern Europe, take part in NATO’s nuclear drills,” said Mazur.
“The alliance is using confrontational schemes in the Baltic and Black Seas as well.”
NATO, Russia and European Concerns
Nonetheless, there may be hope between Russia and NATO as the two parties will meet soon. However, this may not be good news for Europe given the fact that the Kremlin has been benefiting from the Brexit. Divided Europe presents Russia with opportunities.
“The main issue for NATO is how to respond to Russia’s use of force against Ukraine,” ABC quoted Dr Jorge Benitez, Atlantic Council’s international security expert.
“The allies will also discuss terrorism, hybrid warfare, a southern strategy, intelligence reform, cyber threats, Afghanistan and nuclear policy.”
Twenty eight NATO countries are getting ready for the Warsaw summit, but Russia will continue to haunt Europe until a concrete resolution comes up.