InoPressa. Russia-NATO: how to prevent a return to the cold war

Discussion in the framework of the Council Russia-NATO has confirmed that the hand bent in the wrong understanding of each other. Provocations by Russian military aircraft on the eve of the meeting showed that Moscow does not want a real dialogue, I guess the media. «Such flights have been foolish in 1986 (when and so did we) and remain stupid now, says Stavridis. But to create the mentality of «the country against the country» counterproductive for the United States.»

The purpose of little decisive, but very symbolic of the meeting of the Council Russia-NATO on 20 April was the determination of the procedure for resumption of dialogue between Moscow and the Alliance, was suspended in April 2014, writes Le Monde. In the words of one diplomat, the time is ripe «to re-open discussion channel». Paris and Berlin managed to convince the most resistant to dialogue with Russia, the Baltic States, Poland and Canada, promising them that the resumption of the debate does not imply a return to cooperation and transformation of Russia into a full-fledged partner.

NATO members continue to call on the Kremlin to reconsider the decision on recognition of independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia to appease Eastern European countries, who fear that the story of the annexation of Crimea will quickly be forgotten.

Paris and Berlin have tried to prevent the upcoming summit in Warsaw turned into a prophetic judgment on Russia, the article says.

According to an unnamed NATO officer who participated in the first two years the meeting of the Council Russia-NATO on Wednesday, the meeting only confirmed that the parties «set in misunderstanding each other,» reports Politico.

«NATO and Russia is deep and persistent disagreement. Today’s meeting did not change», — told reporters the NATO Secretary General
Jens Stoltenberg.

During the negotiations on transparency and reducing risk associated with military activities, the Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation Alexander Grushko said that NATO should «no longer to grow, like mushrooms» on the East side. The U.S. Ambassador to NATO Douglas Fierce objected that in 2014 NATO waited six months after the annexation of Crimea by Russia and only after that decided to increase its contingent in Central Europe.

Stoltenberg criticized the Russian version of the causes of the conflict in Ukraine. «Russia is destabilizing Eastern Ukraine by supporting the separatists, providing them with ammunition, funding, equipment, as well as providing command and control functions,» he said.

Americans Grushko expressed its concern about the flights of Russian aircraft near U.S. aircraft and warship. He said that Russia accepted the presence of U.S. warship in the Baltic as a potential threat, reports the publication.

«Representatives of NATO countries and Russia met Wednesday amid growing military tensions between Russia and the United States,» reports The Wall Street Journal.

No agreements have been made. A discussion was held in the format of questions and answers, which lasted about 3.5 hours — much longer than planned, according to officials, is a sign of sincere dialogue.

«We had a Frank and serious discussion, said after meeting NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. — NATO allies and Russia have very different views. But we have listened to what he had to say to each of us.»

«NATO officials left the meeting with some hope that the communication between the armies of Moscow and the Alliance can be renewed for minimizing the risk of military confrontation», — said in the article.

During the meeting, the U.S. representative Doug Lew demanded from the Russians explanations concerning incidents in the Baltic sea — intercepts of Russian aircraft American military aircraft and destroyers.

«Our aircraft operate completely in accordance with our agreements,» — said the Russian permanent representative to NATO Alexander Grushko after a meeting. The main question is why destroyer equipped with cruise missiles with a range of 1550 miles, which could be nuclear, came so close to Kaliningrad, said Grushko.

Grushko also said that NATO carries out militarization of the Baltic region. Officials of the Alliance has stressed that it is Russia’s aggression in Ukraine forces them to strengthen the defense in the East.

During the long debate on Ukraine representatives of the West demanded from Russia to withdraw military equipment, and Grushko insisted that Ukraine should implement constitutional reform, the article says.

«The incidents last week in the skies over the Baltic sea, it seems, only confirmed the calls for an early resumption of the dialogue for the sake of minimizing the threat of military escalation,» writes Der Tagesspiegel columnist Klaudia fon zaltsen. It is about the flight of Russian fighter-bomber in the vicinity of the American destroyer, and a Russian fighter jet intercepted American reconnaissance aircraft.

«The fact that the Russian leadership entered into negotiations amid such a dangerous and senseless display of power, and once again proves that Moscow is not interested in real dialogue,» said the journalist.

The annexation of Crimea and Russian intervention in Eastern Ukraine have buried the hope for a fruitful dialogue between Russia and the West. «This time representatives of 29 countries-NATO members had to listen to a storm of criticism in connection with the strengthening of military presence of the Alliance in Eastern Europe. NATO indicates that thus it reacts to Russian actions in Ukraine,» writes the author, calling «to call a spade a spade».

NATO certainly has enough evidence of the presence of regular Russian troops in the Donbass, the journalist believes. However, until now the Europeans and the US silently play along with the Russian government stating the opposite. «Such restraint is not conducive to the resolution of conflict: the West only enhances the effect of the propaganda of Moscow», — said in the article.

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