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    Former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, counselor, trustee, Center For Strategic And International Studies, waits to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, before the Senate Armed Services Committee's hearing to examine global challenges and US national security strategy

    ‘NATO Expanded Eastwards to Help Russia to Give Up Its Imperial Temptation’

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    NATO's Eastwards expansion is not about the military hegemony of the US but is more about consolidating the world after the fall of the Berlin Wall through offering security guarantees to Eastern European countries and easing the imperial temptation of Russia, according to a biographer of former US National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski.

    Political scientist and geostrategist, former US National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski was in favor of NATO's expansion into Eastern Europe after the fall of the USSR, unlike American diplomat and political scientist George Kennan who believed that it would be America's most fateful political error in the entire post-cold war period.

    His biographer, author of the book “Zbigniew Brzezinski. Strategist of the Empire”, Justin Vaisse, has recently given an interview to the French daily Le Figaro where he explained what were the true motives of Brzezinski’s support for the expansion of the Alliance.

    It was not to ensure the military hegemony of the US, but rather consolidate the world after the fall of the Berlin Wall by offering security guarantees to countries of the Eastern Europe, according to Vaisse.

    It was also aimed at preventing Russia from “yielding to the imperial temptation to lay its hands on these countries.”

    The idea was to extend the democratic security area of  Western Europe towards the East.

    Another aim was to help “Russia become a country rather than an empire.”

    Vaisse notes that even at the age of 88 Brzezinski remains an influential political analyst and geostrategist and his advice and political expertise is still in high demand.

    Regarding the recent crisis in Ukraine, the biographer says that Brzezinski has never been an extremist or a neoconservative and called for the decentralization and “Finlandization” of Ukraine. However he warned Ukraine off from joining NATO because it would be an unnecessary provocation of Russia.

    However after the deterioration of its internal crisis, Brzezinski has called for arming the Ukrainians, as a possible military defeat could result in an unbalance in the settlement of the crisis.

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