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Rasmussen At Brookings: NATO Raises Stakes In Conflict With Russia

Interfax-Ukraine
March 20, 2014

NATO secretary general fears Russia may “go beyond Crimea”

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen believes that Crimea’s accession to Russia is part of Russia’s global strategy and fears that “Russia will go beyond Crimea and the next goal will be the eastern provinces of Ukraine.”

When speaking at the Brookings Institute in Washington on Wednesday, Rasmussen said that the alliance was worried that “Russia was turning its gaze further eastward and potentially preparing to seize other regions of Ukraine.”

The NATO secretary general warned that if Russia continued its invasion, it would make a choice in favor of isolation in the international arena.

The events in Ukraine and Crimea’s reunification with Russia have changed the world and have further consolidated the alliance between America and Europe, Rasmussen said, adding that relations between NATO and Russia can no longer remain “just business”.

Today the world is different from what it was less than a month ago, Rasmussen said.

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  1. Peter
    March 20, 2014 at 8:54 am

    These Nato Nazis have obviously forgotten that Russia offers safe passage out for troops withdrawing from Afghanistan. If they don’t watch it this passage will be shut by Russia, then what, take their chances through Pakistan. It will be like chickens to the slaughter.

  2. Ljiljana
    March 20, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    These foreign policy think tanks should be stripped of their influence on decisions belonging to America. They are power brokers representing money interests who promote war to maintain their self serving interests.

    A watchdog group should exist just to monitor them and broadcast the results of their influence to the people.

  3. rosemerry
    March 20, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    “NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen believes that Crimea’s accession to Russia is part of Russia’s global strategy and fears that “Russia will go beyond Crimea and the next goal will be the eastern provinces of Ukraine.” ”

    How dare Russia encroach on the Russian-speaking region of a former part of Russia, when the NATO/USA axis would NEVER invade another country, near or far from any of their shores.
    Foggy was at the well known Brookingss institute, known for its progressive and fair actions.

  4. Ljiljana
    March 20, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Why does NATO chieftain Fogh have such interest in Ukraine? As recently as February 26, the following paragraph was on the NATO Ukraine relations web page:

    The Allies respect Ukraine’s policy of “non-bloc” status and the current Ukrainian government has declared its intention to maintain the country’s strong level of cooperation with the Alliance. At Chicago, Allied leaders recalled that NATO’s door remains open to Ukraine, in line with the decision taken at the Bucharest Summit in April 2008, when Allied leaders agreed that Ukraine may become a NATO member in the future. Ultimately, it is up to the Ukrainian people and their elected leaders to determine the country’s future path with NATO.

    On or before February 28 the entire paragraph vanished. The first and last sentences are most interesting. The non-bloc status refers to a July 2010 law which proclaims Ukraine’s non-aligned status as a basic principle of foreign policy. (The law also guarantees the protection of, free development and use of the Russian language and other languages of ethnic minorities.)

    In the last sentence the text “it is up to the Ukrainian people” refers to NATO membership for Ukraine being subject to, by law of the sovereign nation of Ukraine, NATO membership by referendum.

    These two points expressing the will of the people of Ukraine should always be kept in mind, in addition to the progress for world peace made by the demilitarization of Ukraine and accession to NPT.

    All of the above makes it easier to know how direct the change of course is and who is steering it.

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