NATO’s new masterplan to deter Moscow, including with nuclear weapons, looks like an attempt to stay relevant amid the military advancements of Russia and China, former Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl told RT.
The NATO defense ministers met at Brussels this Thursday to share their grand strategy against Russia in case there is a conflict. NATO forces will be fighting Russian forces across the Black Sea and Baltic regions, according to the yet-to-be approved plan. The plan also emphasizes non-conventional warfare such as nuclear weapons and cyber-attacks.
“NATO is here in a delicate position,”Kneissl explained the harsh comments made at the meeting.
“With the rise of China; with the last military exercises and missile production by Russia there is some arms race already there – a quite successful arms race when we look at it from the Russian and from the Chinese perspective.”
Russia recently introduced many state-of-the art weapons including several hypersonic rockets. NATO is currently not able to provide similar hardware. “has to come up with something. If it’s a new paper; if it’s some strong statement – maybe that’s it,”Kneissl stated.
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These threats form part of NATO’s regular rhetoric against Russia. The former foreign minister also believes that Moscow is open to negotiations. “But genuine dialogue hasn’t been there for years,”NATO is “much more about reading out lessons”Kneissl claims that Russia would rather seek common ground than Russia.
Another concern that Kneissl points out is NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg reviving the idea of Russia’s neighbors, Ukraine and Georgia becoming members of the US-led bloc. “We had this story in 2008 and we know what it triggered,” she said, referring to the brief military conflict in August of that year, in which Russia intervened to halt Georgia’s aggression against the breakaway republic of South Ossetia.
I would be much more prudent if I were a NATO official… in making these sorts of statements because we are definitely in a situation where certain things only need a little step to walk in the wrong direction.
Kneissl claims she is missing “genuine diplomacy”NATO noted that both sides could communicate more effectively in this regard. “much worse times,”In the 1980s and 1990s, tensions between West Europe and Russia were eased.
Russia slammed NATO’s new strategy, with Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov saying it only shows that the Russian government’s recent decision to cut diplomatic ties with the bloc was the right one. Moscow has announced that it will close its Brussels mission due to NATO’s expulsion of eight Russian diplomats over unreported spying activities.
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“There is no need for dialogue under these conditions,” Peskov said, adding that NATO’s plan to deter Russia confirmed once again that “this alliance was not created for peace, it was conceived, designed and created for confrontation.”
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