During today’s NATO summit, the alliance agreed to create a rapid reaction force to respond to threats to member states.
That force is being formed specifically to deal with threats in eastern Europe. It is a direct response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.
The Russians responded swiftly. The Foreign Ministry suggests a larger NATO conspiracy is at work.
The summit adopted a line towards NATO’s eastward expansion and build-up of its presence near Russia’s borders. These plans were nurtured for a long time and the Ukrainian crisis became merely an excuse for the start of their implementation.
Russia also accused NATO of “escalating tensions.”
The gist and tone of statements on the situation around Ukraine and the announced plans of NATO countries to conduct a joint drill with Ukraine on its territory before the end of this year are bound to escalate tensions, threaten the start of progress regarding a peaceful settlement in Ukraine and contribute to the deepening of the split in Ukrainian society. Moreover, they testify to NATO’s unreserved support for Kiev’s neo-Nazi and extremist forces, including the Right Sector.
Having Godwined themselves, the Russians hint that they might withdraw from the 1997 NATO-Russia Council.
We will analyse in detail the summit’s specific decisions. In part, we will review them to establish if they correspond with the provisions of the 1997 Russia-NATO Founding Act and other fundamental agreements on European security.