Interview conducted by Christian Neef, SPIEGEL ONLINE 2016 07 14
Relations between Russia and NATO are deteriorating. Kremlin foreign policy advisor Sergey Karaganov speaks with SPIEGEL about the risk of war, NATO's aggressive posturing and the West's inability to understand Russian values.
The title of this article might seem like a paradox, as Russia has an active stance against NATO expansion. Moscow is using the discourse of “NATO getting closer to its borders” for propaganda purposes and also to justify her own actions. However, Russia's actions encourage her neighbors to seek membership in the Alliance. Here we are talking not only about post-Soviet countries, but alsoabout states likeFinland and Sweden that oftentimes ponder whether neutrality is a suitable choice under new geopolitical circumstances.
The US Assistant Secretary of State V. Nuland visited Kiev where she met with the highest government officials, deputies of the Rada, political party leaders, and public representatives. The main focus of the visit was Ukrainian reforms, especially those related to the socioeconomic system and energy policy, as well as efforts to reform courts and customs in order to fight back against corruption. Ms. Nuland claimed that elections in Donbass, which is no longer under Ukrainian rule, should take place in accordance with Ukrainian law, and meet all international standards, and that sanctions against Russia will remain in force until the Minsk agreements are implemented and Crimea is returned to Ukraine.
On April 12, the official results of referendum on Ukraine’s Association Agreement with EU, which was held six days earlier, were announced. The turnout reached 32.28 %; 61% voted against, while only 38.21% supporting the agreement. The Dutch Government will present the evaluation of the results to the Parliament in September. This month, the European Commission will offer a visa free regime to Ukraine. According to Reuters, Jean-Claude Junker, Head of the European Commission has already promised that to Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko in March.
In the event of current NATO military exercises in the Baltic States (the “Saber Strike”) and in Poland (“Anakonda-16), Russia revolts at NATO for threatening its security.
See the information below on military exercises of NATO and Russia in 2013-2015. (Date of the exercise, title, venue and the number of solders present). Sources: News agency “Reuters”, NATO, North Atlantic Council, weekly “The Moscow Times” and the news agency “Ria Novosti”.
Now, are NATO exercises really threatening Russia thereby?
Preben Aamenn, the official representative of the Chairman of the European Council Donald Tusk, reported on 20 July that Estonia will take the chair of co-presiding over the EU Council instead of the UK, leaving the union, reports RT.
The package of the NATO comprehensive assistance for Ukraine, which will be approved at the Warsaw Summit of the Alliance, will cover forty new areas of cooperation, - announced the Acting Head of the Ukraine Mission to NATO Yehor Bozhok, reports Ukrinform.
On 1 June rocket "Antares”, the first stage of which is designed by the Ukrainian CB “South”, passed ground tests at the Space Station on Wallops Island (USA). This is the first major success of the rocket in a year and a half - after the explosion on 28 October 2014 in a few seconds after the start. The rocket was designed by the US company Orbital Sciences Corporation to deliver cargo weighing up to 6800 kg to the space station. And the first stage for Antares was developed by Ukrainians.
German authorities have amended the so-called "White Paper" (Guide for pursuing national security policy of the country), reported Die Welt. Russia is now not a partner for the Federal Republic of Germany, but a rival, the document says.