NATO and Russia are going against each other in a bid to secure territories from one another. NATO is pursuing “protection” of its members while Russia argues that the closer the military buildup is to its borders, the more it will be prompted to take the necessary actions. Are things coming to another world war?
NATO Does Not Want War
NATO clarified recently that its member-countries are not looking out for trouble with Russia. However, this also does not mean that the alliance will just standby should any of its members’ security will be put in danger.
“We do not want confrontation with Russia. On the contrary, we strive for a more constructive relationship with Russia,” TASS quoted North Atlantic Alliance’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg last week during a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
“And we keep channels for political dialogue open,” he said. “Dialogue is even more important when tensions are high.”
NATO Will Still Pursue Military Buildup
However, he also left no doubt on what NATO is planning in Eastern Europe. The official clarified that the organization will still boost its presence in the said region.
“We’re going to increase our presence with a range of strengthened battalions that we will deploy in the eastern parts of the alliance,” DW quoted the official.
Stoltenberg did not provide any specific details but there is discussion on deploying a number of rotating battalions with several thousand soldiers to the Baltic States and Poland. There are also expectations for German soldiers to be part of it.
If everything pushes through then this will be the first time that NATO will have such huge military presence near the Russian border since the conclusion of the Cold War. This is a tricky deal but more important for Germany.
“We talked about how we are to understand our engagement in Eastern Europe,” said the chancellor.
We’re not violating the Founding Act, we are still within this NATO-Russia Founding Act, which we will continue to uphold,” she said.