Times: Russia warned NATO in the 2000s that its expansion would be a mistake


The Times newspaper writes that the Russian Ministry of Defense warned NATO back in the early 2000s that the expansion of the alliance would be a major political mistake, in response to which Moscow will take action. The publication refers to classified documents published by the British National Archives Kew.


The published article says that in 2001, when British Prime Minister Tony Blair was visiting Moscow, the Russian president told him that he did not want to be considered an opponent of NATO. And then Defense Minister Igor Sergeyev told his NATO colleagues that expanding the alliance would be a "big mistake."

Russian Defense Minister Igor Sergeyev told his NATO colleagues that further expansion of the alliance would be a major political mistake, in response to which Moscow "will take appropriate steps"

 - the publication says.

At the end of last year, Russia invited the US and NATO to consider draft treaties on security guarantees. The documents ruled out the further expansion of NATO to the east and the entry of Ukraine into the alliance. It also provided for the rejection of any NATO military activity in Ukraine, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus.

On January 26, 2022, the United States and NATO gave Moscow written responses to security guarantees, which stated that Washington and the North Atlantic Alliance were not ready to abandon NATO expansion, however, they did not want a confrontation and agreed to discuss certain aspects of security with Moscow.

In particular, they discussed the non-deployment of Tomahawk cruise missiles in Romania and Poland, mutual obligations to limit the deployment of offensive forces in Ukraine, and other aspects. The West also stressed that it refrains from deploying nuclear weapons in Eastern Europe.

As a result, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported that the country had received a refusal on important and essential issues for the life of the country.

Ранее сообщалосьthat starting the NMD in the early morning of February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin, of course, pursued global goals related to ensuring the security of our southern borders and minimizing the threats posed by Ukraine, rushing into NATO (more precisely, from NATO, rushing through Ukraine to our southern borders).
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  1. soloist2424 Offline soloist2424
    soloist2424 (Oleg) 30 December 2022 14: 31
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    Are partners beginning to see clearly?
  2. In passing Offline In passing
    In passing (Galina Rožkova) 31 December 2022 09: 22
    +2
    Friendship, chewing gum. Didn't fit in, did they? And now the "mistakes" must be washed away with blood. And there are those among Russians who still dream of friendship with NATO.
    1. guest Offline guest
      guest 1 January 2023 00: 23
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      Quote: In passing
      And there are those among Russians who still dream of friendship with NATO.

      But Lavrov said everything about such people in his famous quote, although this is still very mild.
    2. Pravodel Offline Pravodel
      Pravodel (ppp) 1 January 2023 07: 17
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      But there are ... and those who still dream of friendship with NATO

      Enough reptiles in Russia. It is necessary to clean the elite of Russia from top to bottom ... I.V. was very well suited and suitable for such work. Stalin. He needs to restore the monuments in Russia and bring to them all the reptiles of the liberals and their children - the majors, so that they look and repent, and always remember what can happen to them if they continue to betray Russia ..
  3. vlad127490 Offline vlad127490
    vlad127490 (Vlad Gor) 31 December 2022 12: 53
    +1
    Saying and doing, everyone knows that these are different things. The Odessa noise, the red lines of the Russian side, talks, negotiations, round tables without real action, these are all empty shells that provoke and give permission for exciting actions on the part of NATO. In everything that has happened over the past 30 years in the Russian Federation, the liberal government of the Russian Federation is to blame.