Veronika Krasheninnikova: "NATO still believes it exists to oppose Russia"
Today marks 70 years since formation of the North Atlantic Alliance. Right now NATO includes 29 states, but there are quite a few contradictions between the allies, and the alliance’s center of gravity has shifted from Germany and France to Poland and Eastern Europe in recent years. Veronika Krasheninnikova, a member of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, told Vestnik Kavkaza about NATO’s current activities.
- What is the current state of the alliance and its relations with Russia?
- NATO was created 70 years ago in order to counter Soviet threat, although Soviet Union obviously didn't threaten anyone, on the contrary, it proposed to create a system of collective security in Europe. 28 years ago, Soviet Union ceased to exist, but NATO still exists. The bloc is still searching for identity and meaning of existence, and NATO still believes that it exists to oppose Russia.
NATO isn't that great at fighting against terrorism. Many bloc member states use terrorism as a tool against unwanted state leaders. NATO is also failing at peacekeeping. Every time things end in a war. So just like in the past, NATO remains a military-political alliance representing danger to all states seeking independence.
- What do you think about NATO's activities in the post-Soviet space?
- In 1991, at the time of the Soviet Union's collapse, NATO bloc included 16 states, now it has 29 members. These states fill the space between Russia and Western Europe. So the alliance moved closer to Russia's borders. The centers of gravity of NATO is moving closer to Eastern Europe, specifically to Poland. Western Europe doesn't want to fight against Russia, but NATO needs active aggressors. The Alliance found them in Poland, Baltic states, and Ukraine.
- There were reports about creation of NATO biological laboratories in the territory of Caucasus states...
- It's an extremely dangerous activity in the Caucasus and, apparently, in other regions. We should never allow such laboratories in these territories. Their products are extremely dangerous and will surely serve to fulfill NATO's aggressive goals.
- Is armed conflict between Russia and NATO possible?
- Military experts say that military conflict is possible. What are the so-called miniature nuclear missiles were created for? They were created to lower the use of nuclear weapons. However, they can be used against Russia and in the Middle East, in those wars that are being waged today. What can be done to oppose this? First of all, Russia must continue to build strong economy and increase its political weight. Second of all, we must build a system of strong alliances so that potential attack on Russia doesn't look like an attack on a single state. We have many allies in the world, including China.