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Foreign Affairs: the erroneous NATO strategy caused the deterioration of relations between the Russian Federation and the United States

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Foreign Affairs: the erroneous NATO strategy caused the deterioration of relations between the Russian Federation and the United States
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During the collapse of the socialist system and the emergence of new independent states, US President George W. Bush and his successor Bill Clinton had a real chance of reaching an agreement with Russian leader Boris Yeltsin on comprehensive nuclear arms control, but chose the wrong strategy.

In the 1990s, the White House and the Kremlin worked closely to ensure that only one nuclear country remained in the post-Soviet space – Russia. According to historian Mary Elise Sarotte, this was the peak of trust between the two states. By the end of the decade, however, Russian-American relations began to cool. The future President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, began to rethink partnership with the West and develop a strategy for a new foreign policy.

The historian believes that Washington made a serious mistake in the 1990s. Choosing between a partnership with Moscow on strategic weapons and further NATO expansion, Bush Sr. and Clinton chose the second option. They ignored geopolitical realities and pushed the military infrastructure towards Russia.

“New historical data show that US leaders were so focused on expanding NATO in their chosen way that they did not pay due attention to the dangers of the path they took, or the impact of their choice on the options left for Russia, which hit in its own interests.” , – states Sarott.

At the same time, Washington hoped to include the new countries of Eastern Europe in NATO without deteriorating relations with Moscow, but this did not happen. The historian stressed that unlike Norway, which refused to deploy foreign bases and nuclear weapons during the Cold War, the new members of the Alliance advocated the development of foreign military infrastructure on their own territory. As a result of numerous factors fueled by American arrogance, the White House was confronted with a new foreign policy strategy by Putin, who sharply criticized the Alliance’s eastward expansion. At the moment, Washington and Moscow have not only lost confidence in each other, but also destroyed all agreements on nuclear arms control.

Earlier in NewInform: US allies are influencing the White House to prevent Washington from being the first to use nuclear weapons in Russia.

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