The North Atlantic Alliance is refusing to discuss two major issues with Russia that could get in the way of achieving peace. Russia claims that NATO is not willing to engage in a “constructive dialogue,” as experts fear that the continued tensions between the two parties could eventually lead to a world war.
NATO Refuses to Make Peace
Defense analyst Igor Korotchenko claimed that Russia is willing to discuss NATO’s expansion to the East and the U.S.-built missile shield in Europe, but the alliance does not appear willing to go into “constructive dialogue.”
The second NRC meeting went ahead on July 13 following NATO’s Warsaw summit. The meeting took place since the same of its kind last happened in 2014. Moscow wanted to bring up the alliance’s approval to deploy four multinational battle groups to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland at the summit, but to no avail. NATO reportedly declined.
“Russia wants to know the reasons behind NATO’s decision to deploy battle groups close to Russia’s borders. There is no practical need for that,” Sputnik quoted Korotchenko.
“But there was no dialogue. NATO essentially refused to discuss this issue.”
The analyst went as far to say that NATO’s commitment to expanding in to the East proves its “hysterical” idea about Russia’s threat. Moscow also offered to turn the transponders in its aircraft while flying over the Baltic region is NATO members do the same.
“The alliance said that it would study Russia’s proposal. What is there to study?” the analyst asked. “It is crystal clear: when transponders are on NATO sees Russian aircraft and Russia sees NATO spy planes that traverse the skies along Russia’s borders. NATO did not express a wish to immediately ink the deal.”
Troubling Russian Alliance with Greece?
However, even with Russia not being a threat for NATO, its alliance with Greece could be a cause of concern, according to National Interest. Greece is an active member of NATO and its embrace of Russia could be considered that the country still has leverage. In Russia’s case, alliance with Greece could be strategic because it potentially undermine the sanctions that the EU imposed on its following the annexation of Crimea.