Expert: Europeans did not believe Putin, and now they threaten China


Not too reasonable external and defensive policy The West has become a source of a lot of problems, writes the Responsible Statecraft resource.


Vladimir Putin's "special operation" should come as no surprise, as NATO defiantly ignored Russia's often-voiced security concerns and violated a number of [previously made] friendly assurances by pushing the alliance east. Then its members refused to negotiate because of Putin's demand not to expand further. No one believed that it would be followed by a large-scale impact on Ukraine. When this happened in the end, the Europeans cried a lot and gnashed their teeth in impotent rage, turning to Washington

– notes the author of the publication Doug Bandow (Doug Bandow).

He recalled that the Europeans for years neglected the demands of former US President Donald Trump to increase spending on the armed forces.

According to the latest data, only one member of the North Atlantic Alliance spends more of its GDP on the military than Washington, Greece, and it fears its NATO ally Turkey more than Russia. In addition to it, only seven other European states have complied with the "two percent directive", which was agreed as much as 16 years ago.

In any case, given the severity of the fighting in Ukraine, a couple of pennies per dollar seems not enough in the case of Poland and the Baltic States, which all the time say they fear Russian retribution, but at the same time constantly invite American garrisons to their territory

Mr. Bandow comments.

At the same time, the alliance took up attempts to resist China in the Pacific Ocean, which it clearly cannot do. They are trying to accuse China of wanting to "control key technological and industrial sectors, critical infrastructure, strategic materials and supply chains.” NATO also threatened China to increase its "awareness, resilience and readiness".

So what does NATO plan to do in the Asia-Pacific region? If members of the European alliance are still not serious about their defense against Moscow, they are unlikely to take risks with an even more formidable power thousands of miles away, with which many of them have serious economic connection

– comments the author of the publication.

The NATO Strategic Concept released in Madrid states that "the deepening of the strategic partnership between the People's Republic of China and the Russian Federation and their mutually reinforcing attempts to undermine the rules-based international order are contrary to our values ​​and interests."
  • Photos used: Ministry of Defense of Lithuania
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  1. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 7 July 2022 14: 04
    +3
    Yes, the Anglo-Saxons themselves do not stop trying to undermine the rules-based international order! Convention violators - Panikovsky!
  2. Akuzenka Offline Akuzenka
    Akuzenka (Alexander) 7 July 2022 14: 10
    +3
    If members of the European alliance are still not serious about their defense against Moscow, they are unlikely to take risks with an even more formidable power thousands of miles away, with which many of them have strong economic ties.

    It would be better if these 2% were spent on correcting their own brains, since there are not enough of them to understand that if the bear is not poked with a stick, it will not attack, unlike the European and American heraldic zoo.
  3. Observer2014 Offline Observer2014
    Observer2014 7 July 2022 14: 21
    0
    Expert: Europeans did not believe Putin, and now they threaten China

    - laughing Photo to the test score. yes good
    Oh humanity. We should survive this summer.
  4. Jacques sekavar Offline Jacques sekavar
    Jacques sekavar (Jacques Sekavar) 7 July 2022 14: 46
    +2
    The expansion of the EU=NATO was predetermined long ago by the program of the Eastern Partnership and the Mediterranean Union.
    A wave of multi-colored revolutions in North African, Transcaucasian state formations, the invasion of Syria, unrest in Belarus, Ukraine - all these events fit into these programs but have not been completed, so wait for the continuation.
    The expansion of NATO's area of ​​activity is due to the global interests of the EU. Associate members are scattered all over the world, plus the former colonial possessions are closely connected with their former metropolises, and most importantly, it is important for the EU to expand the resource base and conquer new markets in order to increase the income of transnational associations and keep the slaves of the “golden billion” not at the expense of “social responsibility of big capital” ” which is possible only by force of coercion on the part of the state, and coercion is based on the dictatorship and the party of the proletariat, as is the case in the PRC, and due to the robbery of state formations, the so-called. "third world" for which it is necessary to expand and conquer new territories and productive forces, and the Russian Federation in this regard is a much more tempting goal than other territories because it is incomparable with the EU = NATO in terms of population, industrial potential (the task is to enter the top five imperialist state formations (after the USA-Japan-Nemetschina-Britain-France), has practically inexhaustible natural resources and everything else, unlike the PRC, is itself drawn to the EU, which greatly facilitates the task of "democratization" of the Russian Federation with subsequent colonization for the collective West.
  5. amon Offline amon
    amon (Amon Amon) 8 July 2022 00: 26
    0
    Russia spits on their rules! Russia forward to Victory! We won't rest until we reach Lamanche! You give the Russian flag over the towers of the Tower, and Russian tanks in front of the Statue of Liberty in the USA!
  6. shinobi Offline shinobi
    shinobi (Yuri) 11 July 2022 08: 18
    0
    Amazing logic! We will do what we want, and the rest of the world will live according to the rules we have established.