The scandal of sentencing a Polish lieutenant colonel for spying for Russia could be a preparation for the upcoming NATO summit.
NATO needs the image of Russia as a major adversary in order to return to the centre of global affairs. The alliance is shifting to Cold War-era schemes of maintaining security in Europe.
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. Over the same period, 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 has such a privileged relationship with NATO. As stated by NATO heads of state and government at the Wales Summit in September 2014, "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" (bit.ly/1RZsFzv), .