NATO Military Policy On Russia Shift From Partnership To Deterrence

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The military policy of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on Russia shifted from partnership to deterrence, according to Russian Envoy Alexander Grushko.

In an interview with Rossiya-24 television, Grushko said, “I believe that the essence of [the Alliance’s] military planning process today is that it clearly shows a shift from the policy of partnership to the policy of deterrence in relation to Russia, not only in political but also in military terms.”

According to Grushko, one of the primary agenda on during the next NATO Summit in Warsaw on July 8-9, 2016 is the Russia-NATO relations.

Russia-NATO relations

NATO made every effort to build partnership with Russia through dialogues and practical cooperations in areas of common interest for more than two decades.

Russia’s relations with NATO started at the end of the Cold War when it joined the North Atlantic Cooperation Council in 1991 and the Partnership for Peace program in 1994.

The formal basis for the relations between NATO and Russia was established under the 1997 NATO-Russia Founding Act. In 2002, dialogue and cooperation between the two parties were strengthened with the establishment f the NATO-Russia Council (NRC), which serves as a forum for consultation on current security issues and direct practical cooperation in a wide range of areas.

However, NATO suspended the formal meetings of the NRC and cooperation in some areas in response to Russia’s military actions in Georgia in August 2008 until 2009.

In April 2014, NATO eventually suspended all civilian and military cooperation under the NRC in response to the Russia-Ukraine conflict. NATO leaders criticized Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine and demanded its compliance with international laws during the Wales Summit in September last year. They also asked the Russian government to end its illegal annexation of Crimea, stop its aggressive actions against Ukraine and discontinue its support to the separatists.

Since the annexation of Crimea, NATO’s relationship with Russia deteriorated and started to reinforce its military presence along the westerns border of the country. Moscow viewed that such actions threatened the regional and global security.

In July, Grushko warned that the relations between Moscow and the West worsened to Col War-era lows. According to him, “Any political game concerning NATO expansion into Georgia and Ukraine is filled with the most serious, most profound geopolitical consequences for all of Europe.”

He also accused NATO of raising an “iron curtain” in Europe by conducting military exercises and deploying troops near the Easter border of Russia. NATO said its actions were intended to deter Moscow.

NATO military exercise in Southern Europe a warning to Russia

Meanwhile, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the Trident Juncture military exercise in Southern Europe served as a warning to all potential enemies including Russia during a recent interview with ABC, a Spanish newspaper.

According to General Stoltenberg, NATO is ready to deploy air, ground, and naval forces immediately, if necessary, to defend the alliance against any threat. The military exercise, which involves 36,000 troops from 30 countries started on October 1 until November 6.

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that NATO would deploy 4,000 combat forces near the Russian borders while Russia conducts its military operations in Syria. Its intention was to send a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin that NATO troops are watching his moves, and they are ready to respond.

Political analyst Don DeBar commented, “They [Washington and its allies] are clearly preparing to fight a war with Russia, and they are not only preparing to fight it at the old battle lines at Russia’s door while they talk about Russia provoking.”

NATO hope to resume constructive relations with Russia

NATO Deputy Spokesperson Carmen Romero denied the report that the alliance was planning to increase its military presence near Russia. According to Romero, “Allies will continue to discuss the next steps to deal with security challenges as we prepare for NATO summit in Warsaw next July, including how to further strengthen collective defense through long-term adoption. But we are not discussing at this stage specific options.”

Last month, NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow said they are hoping to resume constructive relations with Russia.

“I said it’s not a question of whether we have a relationship with Russia; it’s what kind of relationship. And clearly, over time, we would all hope to move back to a more constructive, cooperative relationship with Russia,” said General Vershbow. He added that Russia could help solve international problems, but it depends on its decisions.

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About the Author

Marie Cabural
Marie received her Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from New Era University. She is a former news writer and program producer for Nation Broadcasting Corporation (NBC-DZAR 1026), a nationwide AM radio station. She was also involved in events management. Marie was also a former Young Ambassador of Goodwill during the 26th Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program (SSEAYP). She loves to read, travel and take photographs. She considers gardening a therapy.

9 Comments on "NATO Military Policy On Russia Shift From Partnership To Deterrence"

  1. disqus_mY542gpTDo | Nov 4, 2015, 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |

    VENENZUEL, Russia alone having the most Nukes in the World can take out NATO and China is a Super Army joining Russia, Putin is laughing at these American Articles

  2. disqus_mY542gpTDo | Nov 4, 2015, 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |


  3. Vivienne Perkins | Nov 4, 2015, 12:55 am at 12:55 am |

    Hi W/C: You and I seem to be talking at cross-purposes. GHW Bush did promise M.G. t hat NATO would not move one inch toward Russia’s borders in return for MG’s agreement to allow Germany to reunify. On July 8-9, 2008, Sec. of State Condi Rice was in Tibilisi discussing a NATO Membership Action Plan with the Georgians, which obviously upset Russia, which for good and sufficient reasons does not want to be encircled by NATO states, which is the US plan. Asst. Sec. of State Victoria Nuland herself bragged that the US spent 5 billion arranging for the 2/22/2014 coup in Kiev that put Yatsenyuk/Poroshenko into power. We did this in conjunction with Ukrainian neo-Nazis, CIA, and Blackwater mercenaries. S. Ossetia and Abkhazia were trying to escape from Georgia’s embrace in order to join a union with Russia and Belarus. Saakashvili, then leader of Georgia, had to retire in disgrace and move to NJ,(which fact tells us he was working for the US) from which the US puppet government in Kiev (led by Poroshenko) then rescued him and made him Governor of the Donbass.
    Whether or not what Igor Girkin says is true, I do not know. It is the case that CIA Dir. Brennan did urge the attack on the East in April, 2014 after Donetsk and Lugansk had voted for independence, which they still want (as provided by the Minsk II). I think Russia wants to protect these Russian speakers with whom it has ties, but there’s no evidence Russia wants to incorporate Eastern Ukraine into Russia, If that’s what Putin wanted, he could have done it by now. There’s also no evidence that Russia intends, as Gen. Breedlove constantly claims, to attack Poland, the Baltic states, or any part of Scandinavia. The Germans recognize that Breedlove is a pathological liar, but maybe you’re not reading the German press.

  4. WorldCommenter | Nov 3, 2015, 9:09 pm at 9:09 pm |

    For the same reason all of those ethnic Russians seem to never want to go back to Mother Russia and instead annex the countries they settled in to Mother Russia. I wonder when they will try to annex Brighton Beach, New York, or West Los Angeles, California?

  5. WorldCommenter | Nov 3, 2015, 9:06 pm at 9:06 pm |


    Even Gorbachev stated that there was no “deal” to limit NATO expansion. Anyways how could Russia or the USA impose future political or military constraints on newly independent countries. Most of these nations had suffered under Russian subjugation for 46 to 70 years, they wer not about to let themselves be conquered again.

    You seem to forget about the nightly artillery attacks in to Georgia from South Ossetia that lasted for two to three months, before Georgia responded to the provocation. I wonder what you would do if every night someone shot into you home?

    The pro-Russian terrorists activities in eastern Ukraine were initiated by GRU Colonel Igor Girkin, as he himself says in an interview in Moscow. “The launching trigger of war after all I pressed. If our squad did not cross the border, at the end all would have been finished as in Kharkiv or Odessa. Practically, the flywheel of war which lasts until now was launched by our squad. And I bear a personal responsibility for what is happening there.” Igor Girkin, Newspaper “Zavtra”, 20 November 2014.

  6. Tomasz Romanowski | Nov 3, 2015, 5:52 pm at 5:52 pm |

    Ever wondered why, out of those millions of Syrian refugees, nobody is scrambling for Russia, supposedly their friend and ally?

  7. Tomasz Romanowski | Nov 3, 2015, 5:48 pm at 5:48 pm |

    Russia continues to brainlessly yap and yap about “NATO expansion”. They pretend they don’t understand that it was the Eastern European countries, formerly invaded and occupied by Russia, who joined NATO to secure themselves from a yet another Russian aggression.

  8. Vivienne Perkins | Nov 3, 2015, 3:08 pm at 3:08 pm |

    This reporting is dishonest: Pres. GHW Bush promised Mr. Gorbachev that NATO “would not move one inch toward Russia’ borders, which the US has done consistently since 1991. Then GWBush unilaterally withdrew from the ABM Treaty. The 2008US caper in Georgia was halted by prompt Russian response. Since we didn’t succeed in Georgia, our State Dept and CIA engineered the US coup in Kiev (2/22/2014) and the US Ass.Sec of State chose Yatsenyuk/Poroshenko as US puppet rulers. CIA Dir. Brennan himself went to Kiev in April 2014 to launch the war against Lugansk and Donetsk. Western corporations are busy stripping Ukraine of its resources and the IMF is busy impoverishing U by its restructuring. Prof. StephenCohen,lead US scholar on Russia says the US/nato provocations have created the most dangerous situation since the Cuban MissileCrisis, but the entire Western media is busy blaming Russia for a sitation the US itself has created. Russia had no option except to annex Crimea (which up to 1954 wasalways part of Russia) because its main military and naval bases are there. Last summer,the US Congress almost unanimously voted to make Russia the target of a new Cold War.
    US foreign policy is run on behalf of Israel and Saudi Arabia; US citizens better wake up unless they think WWIII is going to be in our interest. Google the Wolfowitz Doctrine and you will get a feel for the Neo-Con doctrines that are running our foreign policy.
    Go into You T ube and listen to Prof. Cohen and Paul Craig Roberts, former Treas. Sec under Reagan. These are some of the few people who are telling the truth.

  9. Carol Dijkhuyzen | Nov 3, 2015, 11:15 am at 11:15 am |

    If Putin does Crimea in the Baltics we’ll strike him tripple hard greetings from us here in NATO…It is time for Sweden&Finland to join NATO too…Russia is an evil LOSER!No wonder the militants in Syria have placed a bomb inside that Russian jet!Putin is killing millions of Muslims inside Syria.It is asking for trouble…

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