U.S. succeeds in quieting Russia’s friends in ranks of NATO

The U.S. continues putting pressure on Russia with sanctions, trying to convince it to change its political course, as stated by President Barack Obama at a meeting with businessmen, Vedomosti reports. The U.S. leader said that his Russian counterpart was using an old nationalistic approach, threatening neighbouring states.

Obama admitted that he was not very optimistic about further development of Russian-American relations. Alexey Fenenko, a leading scientist at the RAS Institute for Problems of International Security, agrees with the U.S. president.

In his opinion, the potential for the current Cold War was formed in 1994-1995, when Washington realized that it had not achieved all its goals: “Russian strategic nuclear potential was not dismantled the way the potential of Germany and Japan was dismantled after WWII. The Soviet military industry complex was not dismantled, and Russia remained what the USSR was – the only country in the world capable of technically destroying the U.S. and fighting it with ordinary weapons. The strategic goal to find a form to dismantle Russian strategic potential was overtly formulated by the U.S. in 1994.”

“Throughout those years, no formula for a compromise was developed, despite efforts in the early 2000s. The first term of Putin was an attempt to find some compromise in the form of fighting terrorism and new threats. I remember those years, the abundance of round-table conferences, discussions, talks about partnership. Nothing worked out,” Fenenko recalls.

According to Fenenko, the Alliance “has traditionally had a conflict: Atlanticists (UK and Netherlands) were trying to do only what Washington was telling them, European Atlanticists (in France, Italy and Germany) were saying: 'Yes, we need to preserve the U.S. presence but limit the Americans and know how to conduct a dialogue with the USSR, then with Russia. The goal is to prevent a military conflict'.”

The expert supposes that the current Euro-Atlantic crisis demonstrates the total removal of the Euro-Atlantic line, leaving Russia without any mediators in a dialogue with NATO. “The situation of the 16-17th century is being reproduced, the Baltic-Black Sea conflict system is becoming the main conflict region, from Finland to Georgia, a fight has started for a single belt of countries. It started with the NATO summit in Wales in September, when they said very clearly: “Our goal is to deploy a certain military group here.” Three lines are clearly seen here. First – Ukraine. Second – the Baltic, where American military infrastructure will be placed for limited, provocative purposes. Third – the consolidation of the Scandinavian states.”

Washington still hopes to convince Moscow to change its political courseThe U.S. continues putting pressure on Russia with sanctions, trying to convince it to change its political course, as stated by President Barack Obama at a meeting with businessmen, Vedomosti reports. The U.S. leader said that his Russian counterpart was using an old nationalistic approach, threatening neighbouring states.Obama admitted that he was not very optimistic about further development of Russian-American relations. Alexey Fenenko, a leading scientist at the RAS Institute for Problems of International Security, agrees with the U.S. president.In his opinion, the potential for the current Cold War was formed in 1994-1995, when Washington realized that it had not achieved all its goals: “Russian strategic nuclear potential was not dismantled the way the potential of Germany and Japan was dismantled after WWII. The Soviet military industry complex was not dismantled, and Russia remained what the USSR was – the only country in the world capable of technically destroying the U.S. and fighting it with ordinary weapons. The strategic goal to find a form to dismantle Russian strategic potential was overtly formulated by the U.S. in 1994.”“Throughout those years, no formula for a compromise was developed, despite efforts in the early 2000s. The first term of Putin was an attempt to find some compromise in the form of fighting terrorism and new threats. I remember those years, the abundance of round-table conferences, discussions, talks about partnership. Nothing worked out,” Fenenko recalls.According to Fenenko, the Alliance “has traditionally had a conflict: Atlanticists (UK and Netherlands) were trying to do only what Washington was telling them, European Atlanticists (in France, Italy and Germany) were saying: 'Yes, we need to preserve the U.S. presence but limit the Americans and know how to conduct a dialogue with the USSR, then with Russia. The goal is to prevent a military conflict'.”The expert supposes that the current Euro-Atlantic crisis demonstrates the total removal of the Euro-Atlantic line, leaving Russia without any mediators in a dialogue with NATO. “The situation of the 16-17th century is being reproduced, the Baltic-Black Sea conflict system is becoming the main conflict region, from Finland to Georgia, a fight has started for a single belt of countries. It started with the NATO summit in Wales in September, when they said very clearly: “Our goal is to deploy a certain military group here.” Three lines are clearly seen here. First – Ukraine. Second – the Baltic, where American military infrastructure will be placed for limited, provocative purposes. Third – the consolidation of the Scandinavian state
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