Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Respect and partnership should be basis for Russia relationship

Taking its cue from European Union foreign ministers, Nato has agreed to limited reengagement with Russia. The decision represents a victory for those European states which favour a less belligerent approach to their eastern neighbour and a defeat for ‘new Cold War’ hawks in Washington. Germany and France have reiterated their determination that no shortcuts to Nato membership should be available to Georgia or Ukraine.

In the States, the meeting, which took place in Brussels between Nato foreign ministers, is being spun rather differently. By this interpretation, the US government, represented by Condoleeza Rice, has agreed to reengagement only on condition that work continues to prepare Georgia and Ukraine’s route to membership. The Germans and French now insist that the two aspirant members must fully complete the MAP process, reversing the position they assumed at the Bucharest conference earlier this year.

War in South Ossetia exemplified the danger associated with subsuming former Soviet states into Nato. With membership for Georgia in place Nato might have been committed to war with Russia following Saakashvili’s military adventurism. Meanwhile Ukraine refuses to pay Russian gas bills, threatening to steal gas and disrupt supplies to the European Union, and seeks dishonestly to exploit its position between Russia and the EU. These are the ‘democracies’ which the US (and Britain) considers suitable for immediate Nato membership!

The nations pushing for normalised relations between Nato and Russia, between the EU and Russia, are sane voices in a debate which has become needlessly febrile. When Russia looks west its sees ranged against it a series of Cold War era structures, unreformed and intent on expansion to its very borders. The sooner the European and American governments begin to understand and acknowledge Russia’s apprehensions in this regard, the sooner a genuine partnership, based on mutual respect and common interests, can be built.


Dinamo said...

In recent years I have tried to influence the Kremlin to deal with the moralising EU and the US. I failed and moved home. But it really has become most difficult. We are asked to accept market forces, yet give our energy away! And still we suffer the spy planes. I have never given up however. Any kulak who steals from the state will get what they deserve in rostov. It is right.

Nathan Davidson said...


Hello am Nathan Davidson a businessman who was able to revive his dying business through the help of a Godsent lender known as Jason Raymond the CEO of FUNDING CIRCLE INC. Am resident at 1542 Main St, Buffalo, NY.. Well are you trying to start a business, settle your debt, expand your existing one, need money to purchase supplies. Have you been having problem trying to secure a Good Credit Facility, I want you to know that FUNDING CIRCLE INC. is the right place for you to resolve all your financial problem because am a living testimony and i can't just keep this to myself when others are looking for a way to be financially lifted.. I want you all to contact this Godsent lender using the details as stated in other to be a partaker of this great opportunity Email: ( or OR Call/Text +14067326622

Anatilia TexTile Ltd said...

Hello, Apply and get qualify for a loan on low interest rate 1% and easy process. Contact me for more info. Thank you.
Please Only serious inquiries.
For more details :Contact us
Email :
Best Regards.
Mrs.Emilia Fedorcakova

Ciao, fai domanda e ottieni un prestito con un tasso di interesse basso dell'1% e un processo semplice. Contattami per maggiori informazioni. Grazie.
Per favore, solo domande serie.
Per maggiori dettagli contattaci
I migliori saluti.
Sig.Emilia Fedorcakova

Hola, solicite y califique para un préstamo con una tasa de interés baja del 1% y un proceso fácil. Póngase en contacto conmigo para más información. Gracias.
Por favor Solo consultas serias.
Para mas detalles contáctenos
Correo electrónico:
Sra. Emilia Fedorcakova