The journalists noted that there have always been disagreements between Moscow and NATO, but over the past seven years, negative dynamics have been observed in the relations between the parties. The Alliance claims that bilateral relations are now at the “lowest point” since the end of the Cold War.
The North Atlantic Alliance decided to expel eight Russian diplomats from Brussels, accusing them of “espionage.” However, no one provided relevant evidence. In response, Russia considered the further activities of its permanent mission inappropriate, and also closed the NATO information bureau and military liaison mission in Moscow.
British journalists believe that the exchange of such blows indicates a final break in the dialogue between the Alliance and Moscow. In their opinion, the current state of affairs is a logical outcome of the process, which was launched in 2007 after the famous speech of the head of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, in Munich. The authors of the material recalled the president’s prophetic speech.
“I think it’s obvious that the process of NATO enlargement has nothing to do with the modernization of the alliance itself or with ensuring security in Europe. On the contrary, it is a seriously provoking factor that lowers the level of mutual trust, ”the head of state emphasized then.
By that time, the leadership of the Alliance had twice broken the promise made to the first president of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev. In 1999, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland received bloc status, and in 2004 seven more states, including the Baltic countries, were added to NATO.
Earlier, German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer reacted to the situation in relations between the North Atlantic Alliance and Russia. According to her, NATO should continue to “respond clearly to actions and threats from Russia,” reports RT.