WASHINGTON, August 28 (RIA Novosti), Lyudmila Chernova - NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen poses the greatest danger to international peace today, Daniel McAdams, the director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, told RIA Novosti.
"The greatest danger to world peace these days seems to be outgoing NATO secretary general," McAdams said.
"Rasmussen has repeatedly echoed each irresponsible and unproven claim made by the Kiev government about Russian actions and intentions in east Ukraine," McAdams added.
According to McAdams, the statements made by Rasmussen regarding Russia sound groundless and absurd.
"Whether it was the bogus reports of a column of Russia military vehicles destroyed by Ukrainian forces, or the Russian aid convoy containing military equipment, or yet another Russian 'massing’ of troops on its own borders, Rasmussen comes across as almost psychologically unhinged…This is not the qualities one would hope for in someone leading a multinational military alliance," McAdams said.
Next week, NATO members are scheduled to meet in Wales to discuss the alliance's response to Russia, which it accuses of interfering in Ukrainian affairs.
Ahead of the NATO summit, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia have urged the military bloc to mention Moscow as a potential aggressor in its summit communique.
Earlier, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told European journalists that the alliance intends to deploy forces in Eastern Europe in response to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, and to counter the threat posed by Russia to the Baltic nations, which were previously part of the Soviet Union.
"Rasmussen seems to have even bigger plans for this final NATO summit before his exit as secretary general. Media reports suggest he will propose positioning NATO troops on Russia's border, an incredibly irresponsible act of aggression," McAdams claimed.
McAdams argued that Ukraine hopes to receive military assistance from NATO as a result of the upcoming summit, but the country’s leaders will soon understand that relying on the alliance is a mistake.
"The Ukrainian government is hoping for a big gift of military assistance from NATO at this summit; however, they may soon understand what Saakashvili came to know in 2008 about relying on NATO backup for aggressive policies toward Russia," McAdams concluded, referring to the former Georgian president’s conflict with Russia in August of 2008, in which NATO declined to offer Georgia military assistance.
Over the past months, NATO has made various unjustified claims, for instance asserting that the Russian military is operating on Ukrainian territory.
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen went as far as to claim that the humanitarian convoy sent by Moscow to help the troubled regions in Ukraine’s east may have been a pretense for a military invasion, although the trucks carrying the aid were checked by all parties.
In June, Rasmussen said the alliance planned to create new trust funds aimed at long-term aid to Ukraine, in particular to the command and control of the national army.