Experte: NATO wird Russlands Forderungen auf Abkehr von Osterweiterung wahrscheinlich ablehnen

NATO is likely to firmly reject Moscow’s call to refrain from further eastward expansion in the upcoming talks on January 12th. Thereon pointed the deputy director of the Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies at the Higher School of Economics Dmitry Suslov told the news agency TASS there.

Suslov, who is also an expert in the Valdai Club, believes that the Russia-NATO meeting will be far less informative and productive than the talks between Moscow and Washington in Geneva. The reason is the fact that numerous countries are taking part in this meeting, who consider Russia’s demands to be unacceptable. He highlighted:

“Of course it will be impossible to agree on anything. The alliance will firmly reject Russia’s demands to prevent NATO from advancing eastwards.”

Further perspectives

If the negotiations fail, tensions between Russia and NATO will escalate further, the analyst said. He explained:

“Russia will then have to make important decisions, especially with regard to the way in which the guarantees of non-enlargement from NATO can be ensured. I think there is no alternative to further escalation of tensions, to military pressure NATO and the United States. In addition, Russia is ready to hold talks with the United States and, hypothetically, with NATO about arms controls that are only about technical aspects and political issues remain unaffected. “

According to Suslov, the prospects of another NATO-Russia Council meeting will depend on the alliance’s willingness to discuss military issues, not just express demands on Moscow. He concluded:

“Up to the last moment, NATO has strictly refused to convert the format of the NATO-Russia Council into a platform for military cooperation on which only military and not political issues can be dealt with.”

“If NATO is ready to use this format for military cooperation to strengthen the unbundling mechanisms, and Russia agrees to deal with these issues in isolation from political issues, then the revitalization of this platform is possible. But I think that is unlikely . “

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