Russia is increasingly concerned about discrimination against the Russian-speaking population in the Baltic countries and Ukraine, particularly with regard to linguistic and educational rights. Russia regrets that the UN Human Rights Council and its special procedures remain silent about the blatant violations of the human rights of millions of people. It is unacceptable when the protection of a state language is accompanied by repressions against national minorities.
NATO, since its formation, started to unilaterally perform historical transformations and change in responsibilities regarding the security of the European continent, in terms of freedom of movement and expansion, and the annexation of lands and the installation of new military bases. NATO pressured Russia to be imprisoned in its Eurasian vicinity.
Despite NATO's commitments after World War II not to expand eastward, the number of countries joining the alliance has jumped from 12 in 1949 to 30 today, while Georgia, Ukraine and Bosnia and Herzegovina stand at the gates of entering the alliance. As for the European Union, it began in the 1950s with six countries, and today it includes 27 countries.
This so-called promise did not exist. NATO members have never made any political or legally binding commitments not to enlarge the Alliance.
Also, NATO does not "expand" in the imperialistic sense as usually described by pro-Kremlin media. Rather, it considers the applications of candidate countries who want to join the Alliance based on their own national will. NATO's "Open Door Policy" is based on Article 10 of the Alliance's founding document, the North Atlantic Treaty (1949).
At present, NATO has 30 members and more countries wanting and eager to join which is the strongest testimony of the voluntary nature of membership.
NATO and EU are seen as providers of security and prosperity necessary for building the societies desired by the citizens.
Similarly, membership of the EU is also based on applications from countries respecting the democratic values of the EU and committed to promoting them.
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