Putin blames NATO for the deterioration in relations between Europe and Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday blamed NATO for the deterioration in relations between the country and Europe in recent years and stressed that Russia wanted to “develop relations with Europeans”.

“As part of building a Greater Europe united by common values ​​and interests, Russia tried to develop relations with the Europeans. Russia and the European Union have done a lot in this direction, but another approach has taken hold, one on expanding the North Atlantic Alliance, “Putin said in an article for the German daily newspaper ‘Die Zeit’.

On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the start of the Great Patriotic War – as the Soviet Union called the war against Nazi Germany in World War II – Putin insisted that NATO was a “holdover of the Cold War” that it was created precisely for “confrontation” has been.

Putin blames NATO for the deterioration in relations between Europe and Russia
Putin blames NATO for the deterioration in relations between Europe and Russia

In 1990 the US government promised the then President of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, not to expand the military bloc to the east. But in 1999 NATO broke its promise and brought Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic into their first wave of expansion.

In 2004 the bloc included Bulgaria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania, in 2009 Albania and Croatia. Around eight years later, despite protests in the country of Montenegro, NATO incorporated North Macedonia three years later.

According to information from the Sputnik news agency, Putin complains about the severe deterioration in the security system in Europe and the extent of the tensions. “The European security system as a whole is severely weakened. Tensions are mounting, the risks of a new arms race are becoming ever more real,” he warned.

“We missed the enormous opportunities that cooperation offers us, more importantly as we are all faced with a common challenge: the pandemic and its serious socio-economic consequences,” said the Russian President.

The text also indicates that “Russia is in favor of restoring full cooperation with Europe”. “We have many topics of common interest, such as security and strategic stability, public health and education, digitization, energy, culture, science and technology, solving climate and environmental problems.

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