With NATO set to hold talks with Russia following the summit in Warsaw, Moscow is openly saying it doesn’t appreciate the results of the summit. In fact, it believes that the alliance, which includes the U.S., is trying to “demonize” Russia in order to justify its currently military developments near its borders.
Moscow believes that NATO is portraying Russia in a negative light to justify current troop movement and defenses it has been establishing near its borders, especially in the Baltic region.
NATO has already agreed it will deploy four multinational battalions to the area, courtesy of the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Canada. At the same time, it has also recently decided to put up defense missile systems in Poland and Romania, a move that Russia frowns upon amidst assurances by the U.S. that the system do not undermine Russia’s own defense capabilities.
For Russia, NATO’s defense developments are useless, considering there are no real threats in the area. Recently, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said, “Contrary to the aspirations of maintaining peace and stability in Europe, the Alliance focuses on ‘deterring’ a non-existent ‘threat from the East.”
According to a report from RT, Zakharova alleged that NATO is trying to “demonize Russia in order to justify the steps taken in the field of military construction, to divert public attention from the destructive role of the alliance and some of its allies.”
Recently, NATO released an official communique coming from the Warsaw Summit. In it, the alliance says it has decided to place a “renewed emphasis” on collective defense and deterrence of its member nations. NATO also pointed out that Russia has been holding provocative military activities near NATO borders, including incidents that had recently taken place in both Baltic and Black seas.
Despite this, NATO says it doesn’t wish to have a confrontation with Russia. Nonetheless, it maintains, “The Alliance military posture is defensive in nature.”