News

20 March 2017
Obviously, the security climate in Euro-Atlantic area depends heavily on Russia-NATO relations, and the foundation which they were built on. Today, this foundation gives a crack due to Alliance's return to the policy of 'deterrence'. It is not Russia’s choice. The situation could be improved, if NATO reduced its military activities and deployments near the Russian borders, withdrew military forces and equipment back to their permanent locations. These steps would allow to avoid a new arms race and create conditions for a constructive dialogue.
I am convinced that the policy of confrontation with Russia is doomed to failure. It will not bring any dividends in terms of military stability, because it contains serious risks for regional and European security and to NATO countries themselves. European security can’t be built without Russia or against Russia. Only with Russia. Increasing number of politicians and experts acknowledge that. Sooner or later, NATO will have to revise fundamentally its approaches.
3 March 2017
Valery Gerasimov attracted attention of Petr Pavel to concerns caused by significant intensification of military activity of the NATO near the Russian borders as well as deployment of forward-based systems of the Allied Forces. 
General of the Army Sergei Gerasimov informed General Petr Pavel about key international events and exercise organized by the Russian defence department in 2017. 
Parties confirmed necessity of mutual steps aimed to decrease tensions and to build up stabilization in Europe and agreed to continue cooperation.
2 March 2017
We could not but notice that US service personnel, who have recently arrived in Poland and the Baltics, have already taken part in obviously anti-Russian “historical” campaigns, including a remembrance run in honour of the so-called “cursed soldiers,” members of the anti-Communist Polish resistance movement who shot Red Army soldiers in the back as they were liberating their country from Nazism. The campaign also included a “march to the East”, towards Narva, which culminated in an ostentatious photo session involving Estonian and US service personnel against the backdrop of the Ivangorod fortress on the Russian side of the border.
We firmly believe that such questionable initiatives cast a shadow on the history of the joint Soviet-US fight against Nazism, to say the least. It would be better if, instead of taking part in similar propaganda campaigns, Americans found an opportunity to honour the memory of their allies in the Anti-Hitler Coalition who were killed while liberating Europe from the Nazi scourge.
28 February 2017
From the history of the Cold war we know that unfriendly policy leads to certain military planning which in turn feeds the policy. Every day we are told that Russia would have conquered the Baltic countries a long time ago if Americans had not placed their tanks there. In the meantime, NATO has brought its 'defensive line' closer to Russian borders. Even though it is clear that Russia should have normal relations with its European neighbors. Europe is suffering from phobias that can't be cured with the best of diplomacy.
24 February 2017
If NATO countries are seriously interested in fighting against threats emanating from the 'south', they have to rethink their policy of deterrence towards Russia and engage in a meaningful dialogue about what we could do together. The potential for cooperation is in place. But it bumps into geopolitics and efforts of NATO to justify its raison-d'être by countering the so-called "Russian threat".
18 February 2017
NATO expansion has created a level of tension in Europe unseen in the last thirty years. Yet this year marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Russia-NATO Founding Act in Paris, and 15 years since the Rome Declaration on a new quality of Russia-NATO relations was adopted. These documents’ basic premise was that Russia and the West took on a joint commitment to guarantee security on the basis of respect for each other’s interests, to strengthen mutual trust, prevent a Euro-Atlantic split and erase dividing lines. This did not happen, above all because NATO remained a Cold War institution. It is said that wars start in people’s heads, but according to this logic, it is also in people’s heads that they should end. This is not the case yet with the Cold War. Some statements by politicians in Europe and the United States seem to confirm this particularly clearly, including statements made here yesterday and today during this conference.

We categorically reject the allegations of those who accuse Russia and the new centres of global influence of attempting to undermine the so-called ‘liberal world order’. This global model was pre-programmed for crisis right from the time when this vision of economic and political globalisation was conceived primarily as an instrument for ensuring the growth of an elite club of countries and its domination over everyone else. It is clear that such a system could not last forever. Leaders with a sense of responsibility must now make their choice. I hope that this choice will be made in favour of building a democratic and fair world order, a post-West world order, if you will, in which each country develops its own sovereignty within the framework of international law, and will strive to balance their own national interests with those of their partners, with respect for each country’s cultural, historical and civilisational identity.
16 February 2017
The decision to increase NATO naval presence in the Black Sea is another step towards escalating tensions in the regions of vital importance for Russia. All these decisions [to increase NATO presence in the Black Sea] will be subject of thorough analysis… And, undoubtedly, we will take all necessary measures to properly safeguard Russia's national interests in this region.
10 February 2017
We took note of yet another fit of “conspiracy theory” fever – you can’t call it otherwise – hitting the Commander of the US and NATO Forces in Afghanistan, Gen. John Nicholson, who claims that Russia has been supplying arms to the Taliban to undermine the US and NATO positions in Afghanistan. These groundless claims were echoed by a well-known Russophobe, Senator John McCain.

At the same time, acknowledging that the security situation in Afghanistan is truly lamentable, General Nicholson is asking Washington to send several thousand troops in addition to the existing, almost 10,000-strong, US military contingent in the IRA in the hope that this will help address current problems. He must have forgotten that there were about 100,000 US troops there not long ago who also failed to mitigate the situation.

All of this is strongly reminiscent of the futile attempts to accuse Russia of their own failures in Afghan affairs. This is likely to help him gain favour in certain circles in Washington but will hardly improve the depressing security situation in Afghanistan.
7 February 2017
Plans [to strengthen NATO presence in the Black Sea] should be seen as another step towards confrontational agenda with Russia. Our response has already been given - it is military-technical. We are strengthening our western borders, we have announced the creation of three divisions, two have already been created. We are taking all necessary measures to ensure that our security and defence interests are firmly secured.

In January US began to deploy tank brigades in Europe, battalions have been created in Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Missile defense plans are being implemented, new command structures have been established on the NATO eastern flank. There are announcements that decisions will be taken in the near future to strengthen NATO presence in the Black Sea, and until now we see no indication that these plans will be adjusted with the arrival of the new US Administration.
7 February 2017
Of course, we are monitoring statements and first steps of the new US Administration, which I must confess give us some hope for changes in the NRC as well. However, it is impossible to ignore huge anti-Russian sentiments that have accumulated in the US elite in the recent years and will continue to poison Russia-NATO relations.

After the end of the Cold War the Alliance failed to adapt to the new reality. All unilateral interventions in defiance of the UN Security Council have led to extremely negative consequences. That is why NATO started to talk about the need to return to its original purpose - the defense against the "big enemy". The conflict in Ukraine, with Western countries holding their hand in its origins, was later used as an ideological justification for such a shift. Recent statements by the Alliance in connection with the aggravation of the situation in the Donbass indicate that NATO is not abandoning its attempts to use the conflict for geopolitical purposes.

At the Warsaw summit, NATO embarked on the path of political and military "deterrence" of Russia. Now the confrontational policy takes the shape of concrete military preparations at the Russian borders. It is clear that investments in infrastructure, marches of tanks and other columns will continue to demand an ideological and political justification.
1 2 3 4 5 Next