NATO considers Russia an enemy and develops Cold War era thinking

Summary

NATO considers Russia an enemy and develops Cold War era thinking.

In the meantime a new opponent has been reinvented: Russia.  NATO is playing the old Cold War game. Russia had to serve as an old enemy again.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative, portraying NATO as having belligerent agenda against Russia.

Since the end of the Cold War, NATO has introduced sweeping changes to its membership and working practices – changes made clear by its adoption of new Strategic Concepts in 1999 and 2010.  Accusations that NATO has retained its Cold War purpose ignore the reality of those changes.

Additionally, NATO reached out to Russia with a series of partnership initiatives, culminating in the foundation of the NATO-Russia Council in 2002.  No other country outside the alliance has such a privileged relationship with NATO.

As stated by NATO heads of state and government at the Warsaw Summit in July 2016, "the Alliance does not seek confrontation and poses no threat to Russia.  But we cannot and will not compromise on the principles on which our Alliance and security in Europe and North America rest".

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 146
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/04/2019
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Russia, The West, US
  • Keywords: security threat, New Cold War, Anti-Russian, Cold War, Russophobia, NATO
  • Outlet: Sputnik Deutschland
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