NATO has formally invited ex-Soviet Union member Montenegro into the Alliance. Secretary general Jens Stoltenberg called it the beginning of a very beautiful alliance.
The Russian Foreign Ministry called it a move with a real potential to bring about confrontation. It only further complicates the already tense relations between Russia and NATO, the ministry warned.
On Dec. 2, NATO had officially invited Montenegro to start accession talks to become the 29th member of the Alliance. Stoltenberg congratulated the government of Montenegro for this historic achievement. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called the move a step toward the full integration of Europe. Montenegro in return was grateful of the invitation.
Russia, on the other hand, was unimpressed. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday that the move was aimed at NATO continuing its invasion to the East. This “of course, cannot lead to response actions from the East, namely, the Russian side in ensuring security interests and supporting the parity of interests,” the spokesman said.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said the move is fraught with the “powerful potential for confrontation and does not meet the interests of maintaining peace and stability on the Balkan Peninsula and Europe in general.” The ministry warned that having Montenegro into the Alliance “can complicate the already complicated Russia-NATO relations still further,” adding that “this concern is based on negative historical experience linked with earlier stages of NATO’s expansion. The Ministry noted that it doubted whether the so-called Russia-NATO relations still exists because NATO unilaterally froze it after Moscow’s annexation of Crimea.
NATO and Russia are old-time Cold War foes. The tension has been very ripe since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March 2014. There had been rumors of an impending nuclear war involving the two parties. The relations turned all the more tense with Turkey’s recent downing of the Russian bomber that could spark World War 3.
This week, Morning News USA reported that Russia has successfully tested its doomsday command center built to protect communications and the president in case of nuclear war. Also this week, a Hawaii representative warned President Barack Obama of an impending nuclear war with Russia.
Russia has also been busy establishing its own alliance. President Vladimir Putin met with Chinese president Xi Jinping. The two leaders promised to communicate regularly because of the “rapid change” happening in the international community. Moreover, Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu made his first visit to Pakistan early this month. The visit was aimed at building military times with the nuclear-powered nation, Bloomberg reported.