NATO plans the expansion of the Alliance in Eastern Europe since the beginning of Ukrainian political crises amid fears of worsening retaliations with Russia. The Alliance has promised not to set up any military bases in Eastern European countries that have joined NATO since the fall of the Soviet Union. Moscow warns that such actions may lead to a new "cold war".
The North Atlantic Alliance should have been disbanded after the end of the Cold War, paving the way for global disarmament and demilitarization, Jakob Reimann wrote in an opinion post for Der Freitag, adding that the bloc opted instead to pursue a path of "aggressive eastward expansion" which has sparked the risk of a conflict with Russia.
A prominent peace activist said Montenegrins counted on the support from democratic European forces in their pursuit of a NATO membership referendum.
Russia is ready for dialogue with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on issues including counterterrorism, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday.
The Pentagon's massive deployment to Eastern Europe and the Baltics, which has seen the US send approximately 4,000 troops and military equipment to the region, "ratchets up tensions" and increases confrontation with Russia, security analyst Charles Shoebridge, a former counterterrorism officer at the British Army, told Radio Sputnik.
The United States and NATO have deployed additional forces and military equipment to Central and Eastern European nations, as well as the Baltic states, citing security concerns as the reason, but the largest buildup in the bloc's history is not aimed at protecting NATO's eastern flank, Professor Janusz Niedzwiedzki told Sputnik.
Estonian Defense Minister Margus Tsahkna and US Ambassador to Estonia James Melville signed an agreement on bilateral cooperation in the defense sphere, the Estonian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.
US political leaders have falsely accused Moscow of threatening NATO member states while the alliance aggressively builds up military forces on Russia’s border, Nobel Peace Prize winner and global peace activist Helen Caldicott told Sputnik.
London has accepted the rotating command of NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force.
The Kremlin will have to respond to NATO's muscle flexing in Eastern Europe and the Baltics because Moscow sees it as a threat, Dr. Martin McCauley, Senior Lecturer at the University of London, told Radio Sputnik, commenting on the Pentagon's latest deployment to the region.
The NATO chief called for dialogue with Moscow and welcomed contacts between Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
An opposition Five Stars (M5S) Movement condemns the Italian government's policy in respect to the country's troops deployment to the NATO mission in Latvia and calls on the European Union to join the alliance with Russia against terrorism, a member of the Italian parliament from the M5S party and a member of its delegation to Moscow told Sputnik.
Rose Gottemoeller will meet with Montenegro's president, prime minister as well as defense minister.
NATO and Washington's activities in Eastern Europe and the Baltics de facto amount to permanent military presence, Sergei Ermakov, a senior analyst at the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, told RT, adding that we have seen "only the tip of the iceberg" so far.
A total of 13 NATO member states are going to contribute to Canadian, German, the United Kingdom and the United States-led battalions in the Baltic States and Poland scheduled for the deployment for early 2017, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday.
The "defensive alliance" will ratchet up its military presence in Romania.
The issue of joining NATO has in recent years been a bone of contention for Swedish politicians. Foreign Minister Margot Wallström, who has so far bravely resisted demands for Swedish NATO membership, has come under fire for not giving way to the widespread "fear of Russians."
Last week, Finland signed a controversial memorandum on bilateral defense cooperation with the US (also known as a Statement of Intent). Earlier this year, Sweden concluded a similar agreement, which is expected to push the two remaining non-aligned Nordic states in the direction of full NATO membership.
With a debate about joining NATO flaring up in both Finland and Sweden, so far the only remaining non-aligned Nordic countries, Finnish Nobel Peace Prize winner and former President Martti Ahtisaari joined the ranks of NATO supporters by openly advocating for Finnish membership.
Of late, the Nordic countries have been pumping up their military budgets on account of a fictitious Russian "threat." According to Danish security expert Peter Viggo Jakobsen, Scandinavia's somewhat paranoid fear of Russia is unfounded.
Last week, Sweden published yet another report advocating NATO membership, which local hawks subsequently hailed as "the best ever made." The report used bogus threats from Russia to arrive at the expected conclusion that "NATO provides more advantages." At the same time, Sweden was advised to steer clear of its neighbor Finland.
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