NATO Members Declare a “Crusade” Against Russia and China

NATO Members Declare a “Crusade” Against Russia and China


At the NATO summit in Madrid on June 28-30, NATO members declared Russia the main threat, invited Sweden and Finland to join the alliance, and accused China and Russia that their cooperation runs counter to the interests of the alliance members.

The latest statement by U.S. President Joe Biden about sending Ukraine $800 million worth of air defense and artillery was also made after the NATO summit.

Leading and Guiding

The 36th North Atlantic Alliance Summit in Madrid, marking the 40th anniversary of Spain's membership in NATO, was attended by representatives from all 30 member countries of the alliance. In addition, representatives from four countries in the Asia-Pacific region (Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and Japan), the European Union and Georgia have been invited to this politico-military “get-together.” Sweden and Finland received official invitations to become members of NATO. The previous NATO summit was held on March 24 this year in Belgium. It was preceded by a summit on February 25, which was held in online. As can be guessed, the online summit was triggered by the start of the special military operation in Ukraine. The next summit is announced for June 2023 in Lithuania.

Many loud statements were made at the NATO summit. But these were just words, and such events will remain in history in the first and last place because of the decisions made. Of course, joining of Sweden and Finland is among them, but this has been talked about for the last few weeks and is no longer news. The new NATO Strategic Concept is a policy document, on the basis of which the beneficiaries of the North Atlantic Alliance will build their political and military course.

The most important thing is that the document is an official text which means that “the word is mightier than the sword.”

“NATO Heads of State and Government meeting in Madrid on Wednesday (29 June 2022) approved a new Strategic Concept for the Alliance, setting out the Alliance’s priorities, core tasks and approaches for the next decade,” says the official NATO website

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When talking about the NATO summit, it is important to pay attention not only to public statements and official documents, but also to what member states tried to leave “behind the scenes.”

Obviously, the special military operation in Ukraine is the key question. The NATO has made it clear that they are on the side of Kiev, and they place all responsibility for the hostilities, destruction and suffering of the civilian population exclusively on Russia. That is, eight years of war in Donbass, during which some 14,000 Ukrainian citizens were killed, as if there was no such thing.

“The Russian Federation’s war of aggression against Ukraine has shattered peace and gravely altered our security environment. Its brutal and unlawful invasion, repeated violations of international humanitarian law and heinous attacks and atrocities have caused unspeakable suffering and destruction,” says the NATO Strategic Concept.

“A strong, independent Ukraine is vital to the stability of the Euro-Atlantic area,” says the introduction to the NATO policy document. Strangely, if a strong Ukraine is so important, why did the leadership of NATO and leading member states like the United States, France, Germany, etc do nothing to ensure that the Minsk agreements, a peace settlement plan to which Kiev, Donetsk and Luhansk have agreed, were implemented?

In addition, participants of the NATO summit once again accused Russia of violating the principles of international order. To put it simply, of undermining the “unipolar world.”

“According to the new concept, the Euro-Atlantic area is no longer at peace. The Russian Federation has violated the norms and principles that contributed to a stable and predictable European security order.” Member states providently avoided the trap of being “the non-commissioned officer widow who flogged herself” by not recalling how NATO military units bombed Yugoslavia in 1999 without a UN mandate. Especially since NATO's missile and bombing strikes are considered a classic example of flouting the principles of international law.

In this context, it is logical that NATO's Strategic Concept declares Russia to be the main threat to the North Atlantic Alliance.

“The Russian Federation is the most significant and direct threat to Allies’ security and to peace and stability in the Euro-Atlantic area. It seeks to establish spheres of influence and direct control through coercion, subversion, aggression and annexation,” NATO member states’ representatives.

“Its coercive military posture, rhetoric and proven willingness to use force to pursue its political goals undermine the rules-based international order,” says the Strategic Concept.

NATO beneficiaries also made it clear that they are very concerned about Russian activity in the Arctic. “In the High North, its capability to disrupt Allied reinforcements and freedom of navigation across the North Atlantic is a strategic challenge to the Alliance,” says the document. “Moscow’s military build-up, including in the Baltic, Black

and Mediterranean Sea regions, along with its military integration with Belarus, challenge our security and interests.”

Warm and Fuzzy

The phrase that “NATO does not seek confrontation and poses no threat to the Russian Federation,” the leaders wrote. “We will continue to respond to Russian threats and hostile actions in a united and responsible way,” is a classic formula. Since the Second World War, all concepts of national security have been defensive, so even the worst aggressors always declare “we for peace.”

The fact that NATO entered the borders of Russia was left completely “behind the scenes,” even though no one talks about it officially. Since 2015, the President of Ukraine signed the Annual National Program Ukraine-NATO, due to which inspectors of Western countries were able to visit military facilities, conduct reconnaissance on the border with Russia, monitor Russian territory, sea and air space, as well as rearm the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

At the summit, NATO member states actually acknowledged that the NATO-Russia Founding Act, which was signed by Russia back in 1997 by Boris Yeltsin, was no longer valid.

“In light of its hostile policies and actions, we cannot consider the Russian Federation to be our partner,” said the representatives of the NATO member states.

From now on, NATO considers Russia not a partner, but a threat, as mentioned above. Since 1999, NATO has had several waves of expansion, admitting such Eastern European states as Hungary, Poland, Romania and the Baltic states to its ranks. While in 1989 NATO had 16 member countries, today the North Atlantic Alliance has 30 member countries.

However, there is no question of complete isolation from the Russian Federation. NATO declares that it is interested in maintaining channels of communication.

“However, we remain willing to keep open channels of communication with Moscow to manage and mitigate risks, prevent escalation and increase transparency. We seek stability and predictability in the Euro-Atlantic area and between NATO and the Russian Federation. We seek stability and predictability in the Euro-Atlantic area and between NATO and the Russian Federation. Any change in our relationship depends on the Russian Federation halting its aggressive behaviour and fully complying with international law,” says the document.

Threat Made in China

If we consider the items in order of priority, the threat of terrorism comes next after the Russian Federation.

“Terrorism is an asymmetric threat to the security of our citizens and to international peace and prosperity. Terrorist

organisations seek to attack or inspire attacks against Allies,” the document says.

At the same time, NATO pays much attention to China in the policy document, accusing Beijing of also challenging the interests of the collective West.

“The People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) stated ambitions and coercive policies challenge our interests, security and values. The PRC employs a broad range of political, economic and military tools to increase its global footprint and project power, while remaining opaque about its strategy, intentions and military build-up,” says the document.

In general, the collective West, led by the United States, already sees China's growing influence as a threat, but has not yet figured out what to do about it.

“The PRC seeks to control key technological and industrial sectors, critical infrastructure, and strategic materials and supply chains. It uses its economic leverage to create strategic dependencies and enhance its influence. It strives to subvert the rules-based international order, including in the space, cyber and maritime domains.”

The cooperation of People's Republic of China with Russia is another cause for concern for NATO. The beneficiaries of the North Atlantic Alliance accused the Russian Federation, together with the PRC, of seeking to undermine the Western model of influence.

“The deepening strategic partnership between the People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation and their mutually reinforcing attempts to undercut the rules-based international order run counter to our values and interests,” said the NATO members.

A number of media outlets, commenting on the NATO summit, chanted that NATO is experiencing a real renaissance. However, if NATO's goal is to fight Russia, then it begs the question, what has the North Atlantic Alliance been doing for 30 years? The U.S., along with its allies, created NATO in 1949 to defend Europe “against Soviet invasion.” The Soviet Union no longer exists for over 30 years, as well as the Warsaw Pact Organization, so it is unclear why they funded NATO all this time.

On the other hand, many Western politicians commented on Vladimir Putin's Munich speech in 2007. According to them, it was a reason for NATO expansion. For example, Czech Foreign Minister Karel von Schwarzenberg said that Putin clearly and convincingly proved why NATO should expand. That's why the story about the “renaissance” is at least 15 years old.

The Strategic Concept is not the only important decision made at the NATO summit. As a result of the summit the number of military personnel, constituting the NATO Rapid Reaction Force in Eastern Europe, will increase up to 400,000 (until now there were 30,000), and the headquarters of the V Army Corps will be placed on the territory of Poland.

Things that were left “behind the scenes” are also important. None of the NATO member states said a word about getting involved in the military conflict on the side of Ukraine, although the North Atlantic Alliance has been using the country's territory for its full purposes since 2015, based on the Ukraine-NATO program. Most importantly, the Madrid summit showed that the course of NATO expansion/military development on the border with Russia is considered correct. Although it is the expansion of NATO to the East that is seen as one of the reasons for the start of the special military operation on the territory of Ukraine.

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