NATO and Russia should restore trust

By Vestnik Kavkaza
NATO and Russia should restore trust

Germany does not share the opinion that there is a new cold war in relations between the West and Russia, the official German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said, summarizing the recently-concluded Munich Security Conference. Seibert is sure that dialogue with Russia is necessary to resolve the most complex global crises. Meanwhile, according to the Federation Council Foreign Affairs Committee member Igor Morozov, the Munich speech of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, in which he stated that relations between Russia and NATO have sunk to a new cold war, ‘showed all our anxiety’ about events not only in Europe but also in the Middle East and Eurasia.

Speaking of the ‘the roll to a cold war’, Morozov said that the relations between Russia and NATO have acquired a very tough character today, "We saw how Russia became a subject of attacks on the eve of the Munich Conference. The BBC  allegedly showed Russian aggression against Latvia. Then there was a movie  about a nuclear attack on Sweden [This is about the statement of the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg of the Russian military exercises that allegedly are working off of a nuclear attack against NATO countries and Sweden]

All this does not help restore relations, or, at least, to bring them up to the level of a dialogue."

NATO has completely stopped contacts with Russia. "The main body, which was set up for consultations in times of a crisis, the Russia-NATO Council, has not actually worked for two years. And it was openly stated, we hear from our western colleagues, that there is a need to move the NATO headquarters to the Eastern European countries, closer to the future theater of military operations. This, of course, cannot but cause concern of our leadership, and we just have to give appropriate responses to such steps.

The various strategies of NATO, starting from the strategy of global instant hits and ending with the concept of local wars, do not contribute to the rapprochement . Therefore, it seems to me that the Munich Conference must bring all the parties to some dialogue, which can cause a change in relations, and so to say, the appearance, the emergence of trust between the two parties. And only in this case can you solve other global problems, ranging from the fight against international terrorism and ending with the problem of refugees, which in general are interrelated."