Implementation and development a new strategy to contain Russia instead of discussing the coronavirus pandemic as was originally planned has become an important topic at the meeting of NATO defense ministers, RISS expert Sergey Yermakov outlined.
Yermakov recalled that NATO had granted Kiev the status of a partner of expanded capabilities. “Thus, NATO is trying to fulfill its promises given at the 2008 Bucharest Summit that Georgia and Ukraine would one day become members of the Alliance,” he said.
As for the anti-Russian rhetoric, it was heard in every words of NATO defense ministers. It is also becoming more and more cynical, Yermakov points out. Russia was once again accused of violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and other international arms treaties. RISS expert drew attention to the fact that it was the USA that had left the INF Treaty and the Open Skies Treaty.
By using the alleged Russian threat as a pretext for NATO’s nuclear build-up, it was decided to increase the effectiveness of the joint use of nuclear weapons program. “We are talking about American nuclear presence in the Old World,” RISS expert underscored.
“It was also significant that the Alliance declared China a potential threat and decided to increase critical supply chain systems and infrastructure protection. At the meeting, it was said that Beijing would somehow undermine NATO-centric security order,” Yermakov said.
“It is also interesting that Sweden and Finland, which are rich countries with developed armed forces and an important geostrategic position, were invited to the NATO meeting instead of Ukraine and Georgia. The event was also attended by the Australian representative, as the Alliance is seeking to spread its influence in the Asia-Pacific region,” he concluded.