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Anti-NATO doctrine2010-02-08 22:53
In the run-up to Munich Security Conference Russian president signed a military doctrine Tbilisi had long feared. It confirms Moscow's intention to use nuclear weapons in response to aggression from Georgia or its allies enabling operation of the Russian army abroad. NATO's expansion is denominated as a major threat to Russia. On the contrary Georgia sees the new document as a global threat.
Last week brought nervousness into discussion over European security. Romania accepted US proposal to deploy US ABM missiles in its territory. Moscow retaliated by final adoption of its new military doctrine President Dmitry Medvedev signed in the run-up to the 46th Munich Conference.
A short time before that Russia offered a new international security concept to Europe with a new treaty at the base of it. But the document was taken off the agenda after being criticized by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
"We favor the goal but we don't approve of the approach Russia proposes. We believe that these common goals are best pursued in the context of existing institutions, such as the OSCE and the NATO-Russia Council, rather than by negotiating new treaties", - she told in her article with German media.
As BBC remarks, the "cornerstone" in a possible new treaty was a clause that outlaws "one state enhancing its security at another's expense". Washington keeps deploying ABM in Eastern Europe making Russia believe it a real threat.
Georgia too was resentful over Russia-presented concept thinking that Moscow has no right to offer its security vision in Europe after "occupying" Abkhazia and South Ossetia as it is believed in Georgia. However Georgia itself is not completely innocent with regard to the breakaway territories, as Tagliavini's report revealed.
Rejection of Russian security proposals couldn't but affect Russia's opinion of its Western partners. As a result the doctrine Medvedev signed on February 5 states that "desire to grant global functions implemented in violation of international law to NATO's power potential and bring the military infrastructure of NATO member states closer to RF borders by expanding the bloc" is the major external threat to "the northern empire".
To justify itself NATO representatives in Munich called Russia's military doctrine far from reality.
"NATO is not an enemy to Russia. This new doctrine does not reflect the real world and openly disagrees with our attempts to improve NATO-RF relations", - Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the secretary general of the alliance told Reuters in conference lobbies.
But a year before the so-called "reset" the Russian leaders grew tired of hearing words contradicting actions. Over this time the USA hasn't abandon their idea to deploy AMB in Eastern Europe though a more convenient option is offered in Gabalin radiolocation station in Azerbaijan. Neither has NATO rejected the idea to expand at the cost of Russian neighbors as well as military support of Georgia.
This is exactly what former president of Russia Vladimir Putin was warning Western partners of at the 2007 Munich Conference. His speech was full of harsh criticism of the USA for imposing their will on the world. The North Atlantic Alliance was criticized for continued expansion contrary to the promise made after the Warsaw Pact dissolution.