The problems between Russia and Ukraine arose after the coup in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv in 2014. This led to the Crimean region to leave the administrative dependence of the Republic of Ukraine and return to the arms of the Russian homeland. The coup in Kyiv also led to the start of the armed conflict in southeast Ukraine between the new Ukrainian regime and the opponents of the coup in the Donbas region.
NATO’s adoption of the biggest budget in its history clearly demonstrates the alliance’s quest for hegemony in the whole world, including the Middle East.
NATO is a defensive alliance, whose purpose is to protect its member states. Its exercises and military deployments are not directed against any country, and its membership is geographically bounded and restricted to European and North American countries.
As for the claim that the increase in budget is evidence for the NATO's desire to dominate the world, those increases emerged as a response to a changed security environment, including a more assertive Russia, cyber and hybrid threats, instability across the Middle East and North Africa, and a continued terrorist threat. As a result, NATO allies pledged in 2014 to stop cuts to their defence budgets, increase defence spending, and move towards investing 2% of their GDP on defence within a decade. Since then, we have seen five consecutive years of growth in defence expenditure. This is about ensuring that NATO has the capabilities it needs to protect its populations against any threat, from any direction.
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